Richmond'/'Pink Beauty'/'Luciana'/'Odorata Luciana'
Some confusion surrounds these waterlilies' true identities.
The real 'Fabiola' (Latour-Marliac, Revue Horticole 1908) was
sold in the UK for many years under the name 'Mrs. Richmond'
(a legitimate name and lily on its own, Latour-Marliac, Latour-Marliac
Catalogue 1910). Here is how that happened.
From Colin Eliis, Chef de Culture at Latour-Marliac:
"Both 'Mrs. Richmond' and 'Fabiola' exist independently,
and were introduced in 1910 and 1913 respectively. At Latour-Marliac
we grow both 'Mrs Richmond' and 'Fabiola'. There is a story to
tell regarding these two plants.
"The story goes that Perry's of Enfield (UK) ran out
of stock of 'Mrs. Richmond' and substituted it with 'Fabiola'.
They did not, however, inform their clients of this substitution
and continued to label it 'Mrs. Richmond', so many of their customers
actually received 'Fabiola' when ordering 'Mrs. Richmond'. Subsequently,
other nurseries, probably by mistake, sold on the plants as 'Mrs.
Richmond'. These details were confirmed by Ray Davies while researching
and compiling his monograph on Hardy Nymphaea."
The original description from the 1910 Latour-Marliac Catalogue
reads as follows:
"Mrs. Richmond. Fleur énorme, odorante, 20 centimètres
de diameter, rose tendre violacé, plus foncé vers
le centre; étamines jaunes."
'Odorata Luciana' (Dreer, c.1899), under its synonyms 'Pink
Beauty' and 'Luciana', has been sold in the US for many years
as 'Fabiola'. Below are images of 'Fabiola', and 'Odorata Luciana'.
'Mrs. Richmond, though similar to 'Fabiola', is not identical.
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