Mrs. Sam left, Maxicat right
Both Mrs. Sam and Maxecat bloom at the same time, have like foliage, blotch and growth habit. The difference, as I see it, Maxecat has pink flowers while Mrs. Sam flowers are light pink fading to white. My Mrs. Sam plants are from cuttings I acquired from Joe Austin Nursey, Four Oaks, NC, in the early 1970’s. Joe, now deceased said he purchased the original plant at a nursery bankruptcy sale in Atlantic Highlands, NJ in the late 1960’s and moved it to Four Oaks. When I acquired cuttings from it ,it was about 6 feet tall , as I remember. Joe said it was not registered and had been called “Pink and White” and “Mrs. Sam” named in honor of the wife of senator Sam Rayburn I find it an excellent seed and pollen parent for heat tolerance and for vigor. It blooms late in the season but when crossed with an early bloomer it produces plants that bloom midseason. I regret that all I have available now are one gallon size plants. I hope that the seven I am bringing to the sale end up in the hands of club hybridizers.