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(Dan Trimmer, 1996). (Always Afternoon X Tetra Dragons Eye) Semi-evergreen 4 3/8" flowers 26" scapes, early midseason. This cream flower with large very bold intense black purple eye, and dark green throat is one of the most fertile flowers in the garden. Excellent plant vigor and winter hardiness make BLACKTHORNE a wonderful flower for the tetraploid hybridizer north and south looking to add the genes of T. Dragons eye to their lines. (T. Dragon's Eye has been a superb parent!) An equally fine garden subject due to its striking color contrast, bud count of 20-25 and a gold wire edge on the petal ends which should lend itself to complete dark picotees, makes BLACKTHORNE a must for the collector or hybridizer.