I’m convinced, Jadae, that many hybridizing records are purposely misleading.
Well… it’s a money thing, I’m thinking.
It’s selfish in my opinion, but understandable.
I like to submit alternative parentage to HMF whenever I find them. Of course, I cite them.
But when you notice two different parentages as often as I’ve found… it makes you say, “It doesn’t matter.”
Sometimes I wonder why we must hybridize… centuries ago, people just grew OP seeds. And got good results. And unless the breeding is for extreme novelty (persica, stripes, fragrance types…)
Why should we truly hybridize. I find it more fun to grow OP as the years go by. Perhaps this is because I’m more busy as of late. But I notice once in a while real nice seedlings. I don’t keep them all, but I have one that’s looking like a gem… an op Pillow Fight with deep pink flowers and red canes. I maybe a seedling with Lynnie.
People will go crazy trying to figure out parentages… and the only sure way to figure out is through DNA tests. And that is way to costly.
It happens. It’s usually obvious. For example, I doubt we’ll ever know the full parentage of Danae. But I still use it. However, the more I know, the more likely I can figure out why something may have happened. Also, you can follow patterns. For example, I know it is likely that it is not all that difficult to get light pink to white colors when using Sheer Elegance as a parent. As another example, I know that using the Bright Smile lineage, in general, is usually more safe to use as a pollen parent than a female parent.
Obviously, there are only select patterns that can be found, but I enjoy finding them and find the excess of information useful.