What we have after the ones that were
personally identified are still the majority of the Aden
registrations. With no evidence or even hint of any hybridizing
efforts on Aden's part, these pretty clearly seem to also be the
work of others. The remaining ones can be sorted in several groups
Blues of either 'Tokudama' lineage or larger plants
of sieboldiana/montana lineage.
Golds of 'Tokudama' lineage, small gold sieboldii
types, and large golds of sieboldiana/montana lineage
A few named green seedlings of various sizes.
Variegated seedlings of all types and sizes
excluding apparent sports.
Apparent sports of solid-color plants.
Kevin Vaughn stated that he did not
lose any solid blues or golds to Aden other than 'Fragrant
Blue' and 'Fragrant Gold'. As we were completely unable to come up
with any source for those other than Florence Shaw, who had many
plants of all ages dug by Aden on multiple occasions, it seems
there is little doubt they came from her garden.
The green ones are a varied group that
includes plants apparently from his trips to Japan, a few
undoubtedly from Vaughn like 'Invincible' and 'High Kicker', and
some clearly from the Shaw breeding program. As much as we could
tell, these were sorted in the spreadsheet by the most likely
The variegated seedlings are
probably hopelessly mixed, but almost certainly all came from
either Shaw or Vaughn. Many were acquired by Aden as very young
plants and mixed together in his yard. Vaughn
stated that he lost no streaked gold seedlings to Aden, so those
are attributed to Shaw, who had a special interest in them. Vaughn
was able to identify a number of those that were old enough when
Aden got them, but the majority presumably were too young to
identify with any certainty. For this reason, many of the
streaked, margined, and centered seedlings in the Aden
registrations are marked as "Shaw/Vaughn" to show that
one of them was the originator but we can't tell which.
Lastly there are
the sports of the acquired seedlings, which are the most difficult
to figure out. Some probably came from Klehm production of the plants
Aden took to them. Others may have come from people who brought
them to Aden because he said he would get them into the
marketplace for them. Some might even have occurred in Aden's own
garden. In determining whose they are an issue comes up regarding
who should be credited as the originator of a sport of a
plant that was stolen or otherwise acquired illegitimately. The
registrar currently has no rule for that situation. These are just
marked "Unknown" on the spreadsheet.