This is one of the quadruple hybrids introduced late in Saunders’ career. It bears some similarity to ‘Athena’ which also has prominent flares, but it blooms much earlier than ‘Athena’ and is more ruffled. Perhaps as one of the first peonies to bloom, I appreciate it more than its sibling, as do several other collectors. It should be more widely grown.
I’ve also received the same plant under the name ‘Rushlight’. Buyer beware!
|Parentage:||28: lactiflora (pink Japanese form) X 14124 (officinalis Rosea Plena X 4710 (mlokosewitschii X macrophylla))|
|Flower:||Color:||pale flesh pink, fades to white, prominent pink flares|
|Form:||single, 2 rows o petals, cupped when first open|
|Blooms:||Week 2, early for a quadruple hybrid|
|Stamens:||filaments red at base, shading to light yellow|
|Foliage color:||medium green|
|Foliage form:||narrow leaves|
|Height:||36″ in 2021|
|Availability:||Several specialty nurseries|