Little Dorrit

Lyman Cousins and Samuel Wissing are generally credited with introducing the first coral or salmon colored peonies.  Their introductions do indeed come from similar parentage as ‘Little Dorrit’ but I think she got here first. This peony may prove difficult to grow and certainly is not a fast increaser, leading to few nurseries continuing to offer it.  My plant has done quite well and although I’d prefer it to be located about 2 feet away from its current spot, I certainly wouldn’t dare move it.

Cultivar: Little Dorrit
Year: 1949
Seedling No: 9002. Page 56 of Saunders’ Notebook III
Parentage: 22: officinalis Rosea Plena X peregrina “lobata of Perry”
Flower: Color: “curious opaque salmon” (Saunders); “smoked salmon” (Silvia Saunders)
Form: single, round petals, small flowers
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 2, green, woolly
Stigmas: deep pink
Disc: white
Stamens: filaments pink at base, shading to light yellow
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: terminal leaf of leaflet usually lobed
Height: dwarf, 25″ in 2021
Recommendation: Highly recommended if you can find it
Availability: Rare and pricey