The species identity of the pollen parent “ozieri alba” is a little unclear. It was obtained from Vilmorin, and Saunders reported it as “likely in the corallina-broteri-cambessessi group, or maybe corsica“; it is now thought to be a form of P. corsica from Mt. Alba in the Ozieri region of Sardinia.
This is a very unique peony with an unusual flower form and excellent foliage. It’s been called the “hosta of the peony world” but no hosta sports such a beautiful flower. Since it was introduced as a strain, it is possible there is still some variation in the plants being offered today.
|Seedling No:||Strain, 14835-14841. Page 170 of Saunders’ Notebook I|
|Parentage:||12: lactiflora X “ozieri alba” (from Vilmorin) (See notes)|
|Flower:||Color:||pink, fades lighter, dark pink flares, waxy|
|Carpels:||4-5, light rosy silver, woolly|
|Stamens:||filaments dark red entire length|
|Foliage color:||medium green, shining, red at stem joints|
|Foliage form:||leaves crinkled, not lobed|
|Height:||24″ in 2021 but recently moved; 29″ in 2022|
|Availability:||Several specialty nurseries|