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The flowers are at least 3 inches wide (many, especially in early season, are more like 4 inches), very velvety and intensely colored, and held wide open like a pinwheel, with a center composed of white filaments and purplish-rosy anthers. 'Polish Spirit' reaches 8 to 10 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide. It flowers on new wood.
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'Polish Spirit' is believed to be a C. viticella cultivar, but its parentage is uncertain. It was spotted by Raymond J. Evison growing in Brother Stefan's monastery garden in Warsaw in 1984. Brother Stefan gave the seedling to Evison, who introduced it in 1990, naming it for the indomitable spirit he had observed in the Polish people living under the Soviet Union's control.