Great Lady

This is the second plant I’ve purchased as ‘Great Lady’. The first was incorrect but I am hoping this one is the real deal but I am still uncertain as it doesn’t match up well with what is sold by the French nursery, Pivoines Riviiere. Silvia described the stigmas as light pink while my plant has bright pink stigmas.  I am impressed by its upright growth habit and pretty flowers. 

Cultivar: Great Lady
Year: 1943
Seedling No: 9816. Page 22 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora 1952 X “lobata of Perry”
Flower: Color: deep rose pink, fades to light pink with darker flares
Form: single, two rows of petals, 10-14
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 3-4, green, woolly
Stigmas: light pink (Silvia) mine dark pink
Disc: white, prominent
Stamens: filaments yellow
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: narrow leaves, not lobed
Height: 32-38″ (reported – Klehm’s), 38″ in 2021
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries