The Japanese type flower form reflects that of ‘Fuji-mine’ and is fairly unusual among Saunders peonies.

Mine was originally planted in too much shade and is now getting re-established in its new location. The flowers are very open and held horizontally, no doubt how Saunders chose the name.

Cultivar: Horizon
Year: 1943
Seedling No: 14530. Pages 138 & 141 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 5B: F2 of 3228. 3228 = (lactiflora ‘Fuji-mine’ X officinalis (single crimson))
Flower: Color: blush white
Form: single, flat flower with large number of stamens
Blooms: Week 5 (based on previous years)
Carpels: 2-3, green, glabrous
Stigmas: dark pink
Disc: white, edged red, and prominent
Stamens: filaments light lemon
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: narrow, incurved
Height: 41″ in 2022
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Few specialty nurseries