The eagle has unfurled his wings! The king has turned his darkling resplendence to face his adoring court! I just can’t believe it. Over the moon. So very pleased that the first roth I ever have beheld happens to be this “heritage plant,” collected on a whim by an entomologist in the 1950s and lovingly stewarded by a fortunate few in undiluted, un”improved” form all these decades and now to be treasured by me as long as I can keep it happy. I humbly submit this first open flower for your admiration or contempt! lol. And nothing against the “improved” roths; I certainly appreciate their stunning inflorescent achievements as well and look forward to mine someday showing itself off. But oh, this wild jungle thing, this large and lurid jewel of magnificent miracle... I am aware that my photos are inadequate but I’m not a photographer.