Group: Herbaceous Hybrid
Year Registered: 1955
S. E., P. Seedling. Parentage not known. Second generation hybrid pink with white edges on petals. Medium height. Seedling # A1A101
Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) description: ‘Friendship’ (Glasscock / Falk, 1955) Herbaceous Hybrid, Early, 32″ — A medium-sized, chalky cool pink single, comprised of ten or so cupped petals that lighten to white at their bases and sport a hairline of silvery white on their edges. Petals are arranged in two rows with the symmetrical outer row petals larger and more rounded and the inner row petals gradually smaller and often notched. A center tuft of yellow stamens surrounds green carpels tipped with pale stigma. Scent is disagreeable to some observers. Blooms are reflexive, folding up at dusk and during periods of inclement weather, thereby minimizing wind and rain damage. Blooms become less color saturated with age, fading to ghost white by petal drop. Stems are rigid and upright with a slightly spreading habit, holding blooms above the foliage and maintaining a somewhat boxy bush shape from pre-bloom to dieback. Mechanical support is not needed. Foliage is medium green and extends to the ground—ideal for a spring hedge or the front of a large mixed border. Observations suggest possible regional differences in sidebud production; with the tendency to produce sidebuds stronger farther north (Canada), while in the lower Midwest United States incidence is negligible. Regardless, it is a floriferous plant possessing great vigor and establishing itself quickly; a four year-old bush can be many stemmed and grow to be as wide as it is tall.