Night Watch

Originally named Viking.¬† This peony is noted for its unusually dark flower; Silvia Saunders stated it as about the same color as ‘Reward’. I’ve only seen single flowers on my 6 year old plant although it is registered as a semi-double.¬† Flowers are held closely just out of the foliage. The plant foliage remains attractive throughout the season. Foliage is much wider than P.¬†anomala foliage so my guess is it has a hybrid origin.

Cultivar: Night Watch
Year: 1950
Seedling No: 14705.
Parentage: anomala seedling (pollen parent unknown)
Flower: Color: dark red
Form: listed as sem-double, I would say single
Blooms: Week 5 or 6
Carpels: 2-3, light yellowish-green, glabrous
Stigmas: dark pink
Disc: pink
Stamens: filaments red at base, shading to white
Plant: Habit: spreading bush
Foliage color: medium green, shining, some red on stems
Foliage form: narrow, not lobed
Height: 28″ in 2021
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Rare