Year Registered: 1956
Breeder/registrant: Glasscock / Falk
Parentage: officinalis x Lactiflora cvr.
S. VE. R., (officinalis x albiflora). Guards brilliant scarlet, center of yellow stamens. Flowers large, single. Plant, vigorous. Outstanding for color and vigor. Seedling # Al-A-95
Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) description: ‘Scarlett O’Hara’ (Glasscock / Falk, 1956) Herbaceous Hybrid, Early mid-season, 36-42? — Very large, deeply cupped and symmetrical, scarlet red single flower with good sheen. Blooms are held on strong stems, well above deeply cut, green foliage. Though plants provide a good, long display from afar, with color gradually fading to light pink, individual blooms retain their form better as cut flowers than as landscape specimens. No side buds. Vigorous and robust, ‘Scarlet O’Hara’ thrives in less than ideal conditions, performing well in dry soils and extremely well as far south as Shreveport, Louisiana, where other hybrids and lactifloras falter. This strength and tenacity may be attributed in part to its thick, pipe-shaped roots that at maturity can radiate outwards to a length of four feet and offer very little evidence of rot when dug up for division. A stunning display when at its peak.