‘Alexandra’ {Gardengirls®}

♤ Bi-coloured white/crimson buds which darken with age to a uniform deep crimson, VIII–XII; dark green foliage; upright, bushy habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. More compact and darker than 'Marlies'.

Seedling; raised by Kurt Kramer (Edewecht, Germany) about 1991; introduced by Kramer in 1993; submitted originally for plant breeders' rights in Germany on 15 May 1992; rights granted for EU on 15 October 1996 (EU-2017).

Named by Kurt Kramer after a famous German singer, Doris Nefedov (née Treitz; 1942–1969) a popular Lithuanian-born singer and songwriter, who used the stage-name Alexandra; she and her mother were killed at the end of July 1969 in an unexplained collision between their car and a truck.