While Silvia Saunders stated this peony “covers itself in bloom”, John Wister reported “not many flowers”.  Go figure!

Cultivar: Herald
Year: 1950
Seedling No: 8609. Page 2 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 25: lactiflora X 1565 1565 = (officinalis X macrophylla)
Flower: Color: brilliant red
Form: single
Blooms: Week 4
Carpels: 2, light green
Stigmas: medium pink
Disc: white
Stamens: filaments pink at base, shading to yellow
Plant: Habit: wide bush
Foliage color: light green
Foliage form: lobed leaves
Height: 26″ in 2021
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Rare