I first saw this peony in the Minnesota garden of plantsman Hans Hansen and thought it was one of the most beautiful peonies I’d ever seen. Still do! I bought it in 2010 with birthday money from one of our mutual friends who said to “buy a peony”. I can trace my obsession with Saunders peonies exactly back to this purchase.
The foliage gives it a special presence in the garden even when it isn’t in bloom.
|Seedling No:||16660. Page 83a of Saunders’ Notebook I|
|Parentage:||4B: F3 of (lactiflora X macrophylla). Ariel (1558) is F1. 12031 is F2. 16660 is F3.|
|Flower:||Color:||lilac pink, with slightly darker pink flares, fades to white|
|Form:||semi-double, three rows of petals, cup-shaped|
|Carpels:||2-3, light, woolly|
|Foliage color:||light to medium green, shining|
|Foliage form:||large rounded leaves, not lobed|
|Height:||32″ in 2022|
|Availability:||Several specialty nurseries|