Last year I was so excited to receive a rooted piece of 'Euphrates' from Kim Rupert. After I planted it, all of the foliage died. I thought that maybe the smaller roots may not have been able to support it's growth. I had already failed twice in trying to root cuttings of 'Euphrates', so the thought hit me that I would just simply not be able to grow 'Euphrates'. I had wanted to try it in hybridizing after hearing that it had been used by others to produce seedlings, even though I had previously read that it was infertile. I was glad that I kept that piece with a root on it because after a few more days, it started to put out some new growth. Although it didn't bloom last year, it has developed buds this year, and just started blooming yesterday.
Somehow, I had thought that the blotch would be much larger, but I suppose that even 'Euphrates's blotch was dependent on several variables just like the modern Hulthemia hybrids that I have grown. This bloom and 2 others have been crossed with hybrid Hulthemia pollen in hopes that better compatibility will exist than when crossing with regular roses.
It may just be an unproductive exercise, however, I would like to see if 'Euphrates' will be able to bring any other interesting traits to the Hulthemia hybrids. Below are photos of some of the new 2013 seedlings that are just now blooming for the first time outside of the greenhouse. Blotch size and intensity continue to increase.