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Lepidote: ‘Mary Fleming’ ((R. racemosum x R. keiskei) X R. keiskei)
A low and spreading compact plant which reaches perhaps three by five feet in 10 years, it is covered with wave-edged light tan flowers with blotches and steaks of salmon. It tolerates heat and sun and blooms in midseason. The small dark green leaves are more bronze when new and return to a bronze shade in the fall. Hardy to -26 C (-15 F), it is named for a very active ARS member in the New York-New Jersey area who was a close friend of hybridizer Guy Nearing. It won the 1973 ARS Award of Excellence.

Photo by June Bouchard


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