The game of hybidizing is a little like the game of chess. There comes a moment when you know instinctively what the next move should be. And when the outcome proves you right, there's a moment of sweet satisfaction--Ahhh! And then the game continues.
The flower is a deep saturated blue-purple (which my camera found difficult to capture, the result being too red) set off with a pencil-line of white along the ruffled petal edges. The yellow sunburst throat flows from a green heart into a watermark of alizarin crimson, with purple stamens giving added contrast.
Continuing our series of purple Knights, Knight's Gambit is a sib of 2013's Knight's Valor. In a mature clump it offers 4-way branching with a budcount of 22.
While not armor-plated, this Knight is a tough contender, retaining the best color, form, and substance of its sibs after a hot day. Holds its color even in the rain. A good increaser and a big vigorous plant. Very pod fertile. Reblooms.
Nordic Night x Robert Lee Batt
Flower 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2
Introduced at $95
Price for 2016: $85