This is a new and still very rare form, a distinct colour break within the genus. Normally Cardiocrinum cordatum has white flowers and only very rarely are flowers found which have a rub-red mark deep in the throat. This form, first found in Kyushu has petals which are almost totally deep, velvety ruby-red all over the inner face. The outer face is almost white and has a green mid-rib, but it is the inner face that catches the eye, with its phenomenal red colouration (and velvety texture) . This is unique, not just in the species, but in the whole genus.
Smaller than Cardiocrinum giganteum, at 100cm or so tall, with 5-6 flowers held on a slender stem well above the leaves, which in turn incline to the form of a basal rosette, more so than in the other Cardiocrinum species. Light, moist, humid woodsy conditions suit this plant.
First released October 2015