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  • Subject: Urchin
  • From: Sandy Connerley sandyc@SURFARI.NET
  • Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 16:37:57 -0700


    While reading back issues of GATW, I came across the following for
you regarding 'Urchin.'

    In GATW Winter 1984, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, page 3, is an article by Faye
Brawner on 'Urchin', a dwarf Finger Flowered (Formosum) hybrid developed
by the late Holmes Miller, the noted hybridizer.

    She says that it ws custom designed, not a chance occurrence.  He
had a large Formosum in his nursery and his wife made a remark that it
would be nice if there was a plant that had the leaf and flower of
Formosum, but was dwarf, with red flowers.  So, he set out to fill her
request and it was a long process, involving many corsses and
re-crosses.  There is more, of course, but nothing of the parentage
other than it was Formosum.

    Also of interest is an article by Faye Brawner in the Summer 1983
GATW, Vol.XXXI, No. 2 (curious numbering on these journals), entitled:
A Tale of Two Flowers - or Unmasking the Mystery.  It is on the history
of the Stellars and of the Formosum.  You might find it very intersting.

    I think that since the time of these articles there has been genetic
testing and both fall into the category of Pelargonium X hortorum.


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