Group: Herbaceous Hybrid
Year Registered: 2018
Breeder/registrant: Vasyl Gorobets
Seedling No. 2/89. Parentage: P. officinalis ‘Rubra Plena’ (♀) x P. lactiflora ‘President Taft’ (♂). Seeds sown in 1981 from which ‘Benefis’ was selected for propagation in 1989. Entered into the State Register of Plant Varieties of Ukraine in 2004 (Certificate # 04183). BOMB form having large rounded guard petals (1½-2½ inches wide, 4-6 cm) which provide a plate for the tight, dense, ball of inner petals. Burgundy-red color (RHS 71-B) does not burn out in the sun. One flower per stem, large, with a diameter of 5-7 inches (15-17 cm). Stamens and carpels are absent. No fragrance. Early bloom period. Foliage light green, leaves are large with broad lobes. Upright spreading growth to 27-32 inches (70-80 cm). Strong thick stems do not need mechanical support.