But she may have to wait a long time to get Pavonia lasiopetala, 'Ellen's legacy'.
This probable variant of the common pink rock rose appeared in the garden of Carol Stacy Brinkman among her pink rock roses. She named the new color, 'Ellen's Legacy' in honor of her mother. When she contacted the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center they sent out Joe Marcus to check the plant. The Wildflower Center then took cuttings which you can now see growing at the center. However, all propagules and seeds belong to Carol who is currently working with Euro American who developed the Proven Winners name. It will likely take more than 2 years to determine if the plant has commercial value and even though Carol has applied to the International Cultivar Registry Authority to retain the name there is no guarantee that this would happen if the plant became commercially available.
It is not that I don't like my own rock rose. I do. It is a carefree plant which seeds readily and demands nothing. It blooms all summer long with cheery pink blooms. Oh, but I would love that red one. I think I'll just go out and check mine in the hope that I too have a red one!
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