Sunday, April 18, 2010
Sanguinaria canadensis 'Armstrongs Pink'
Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex
A few years ago my order from Fraser's Thimble Farm included Sanguinaria canadensis 'Armstong's Pink'. It was described as having "Soft pink buds opening to soft pink flowers that fade to white. Burgundy tinted foliage." I had high expectations of this acquisition, I had seen pink Bloodroot before at an ORg&HPS meeting when a large clump of pink, double Sanguinaria was auctioned off ( unfortunately not to me). I've not seen this plant since and Mr Armstrong's selection sounded like it might be equally choice. But the following year, disappointment. "Really Mr. Armstrong" I said to myself, "you call this pink, and this foliage burgundy tinted, I don't think so".
Last Autumn I moved the plant to another site and perhaps because it was now in more shade, but more likely because I had lowered my expectations, it surprised me. Why hadn't I noticed the darker, purple tinted foliage? And the flowers were certainly a lovely pink in bud and opened to a very distinct lily shape. I can just imagine a graph showing the highs and lows of my enthusiasm for this plant, it would look like a mountain followed valley followed by montain.