Pike’s Peak Pink
Loomis SQ72 from 1940's? Earlier? R. 1977 by Hamblen
Hamblen by Loomis
GG eligible - endangered
TB 36″ M
Light pink self; tangerine beard. Known in the Loomis garden since at least as early as the 1940’s, it was used by many hybridizers as a parent for pinks under Sdlg# SQ72. Became so well known as ‘Pikes Peak Pink’ that Melba Hamblen registered it with AIS as such in 1977.
Unknown parentage, but probably Purissima X Sea Shell.
WHAT’S IN A NAME, OR THREE? Dr. Loomis made his home in Colorado Springs, a mere 10 miles from the Pike National Forest with PIKES PEAK in the forefront of the Rockies. The mountain was first called EL CAPTAIN by the early Spanish settlers, and later took its name from ZEBULON Pike, the first explorer to attempt to climb to its summit in 1806.