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Joan Austin, Bred by Ralph Moore, Visalia California, 1981.

'Joan Austin'Breeding: 'Avandel' X un-named seedling.
'Joan Austin' is one of the earlier striped miniatures from Ralph Moore's breeding program, and as such, it is less spectacular or showy than some of the later ones developed from 'Stars 'n' Stripes'. However, it has a lot of charm because of its tiny stature! This stays a VERY small plant, mine has not yet grown any more than 8" tall! Apparently 12" is about as big as it will get, which defines it as a Microminiature. In case you hadn't guessed, I am particularly fond of the Micros!

The fully double cream-and-raspberry striped blooms are about 1 inch across, occasionally a bit bigger. The striping is subtle compared to more recent striped hybrids, but well defined just the same. The plant tends to be a bit wider than it is tall, and is well covered with plenty of dark green, perfectly formed tiny foliage. I think this will be a great plant for permanent patio pot plantings, so that it is raised up to where you can better admire its charms.

ARS merit rating: 7.1
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 through 10
Shrub size: approximately 12" tall.

Fragrance: 0, no fragrance.

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