I received this via auction at the 2008 JI Convention in Kalamazoo. It is a Shimizo cultivar via Carol Warner.
The image is very close to the actual bloom on my monitor.
This is a second day bloom; it was quite darker yesterday and slightly higher. It has suffered through two days of rain and rather cool temperatures. I find the substance is sufficient considering - it is not a wet handkerchief on a stick.
I had hoped to bring it to one of the Region 2 shows, but it will not be a good entry by then.
I planted approximately 15 from the convention and a couple more directly from Ensata (and my thanks to Ensata for arranging the shipping). They were potted up upon receipt while I was waiting for our foundation work to complete. They ended up being planted in November (!) when the ground was frozen to a depth of three inches. All survived and six will bloom this year.
(El H: cross post to CWIS svp)