513. ‘Madame Lemoine’ Lilac

‘Madame Lemoine’ Lilac

Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’

Accession 220-74*A

Victor Lemoine, who introduced many ‘French’ lilacs in the late 1800s, had poor eyesight. Much of the delicate work of pollination, climbing a ladder to brush pollen from one lilac to the flower of another, was performed by his wife. Son Emile and grandson Henri continued Lemoine’s collection after his death. Emile named this lilac in honor of his mother.