Named after the legendary tragic figure in Greek mythology. The gorgeous, 10.0 to 12.5cm, deep wine-red, star-shaped flowers are almost black when they first open. The six broad tepals taper to pointed tips via lightly crimped and gently undulating margins. The stamens are a wonderful contrast against the dark tepals, having white filaments with shadings of reddish-purple and yellow anthers. Hard pruning will keep the plant compact but will delay flowering by a few weeks.
Niobe grows is suitable for growing in containers or planting in the garden.
Awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's 'Award of Garden Merit' in 1993