This is among the first of the Saunders peonies to bloom and it is always covered in many small flowers held just slightly above the very attractive foliage – such a welcome sight in early May here.  The flowers also clean off nicely.  It is being evaluated by the American Peony Society for an Award of Landscape Merit.

Every garden should have a ‘Nosegay’ peony!

Cultivar: Nosegay
Year: 1950
Seedling No: 15502. Page 103 of Saunders’ Notebook III
Parentage: 18B: F2 of 6939, a ‘Playmate’ strain (mlokosewitschii X tenuifolia)
Flower: Color: light salmon-pink, fades to white
Form: single, 3 1/2″ flowers
Blooms: Week 1 or 2
Carpels: 2-4, rosy, very woolly
Stigmas: red
Disc: creamy white, obscure
Stamens: filaments wine-red at base, shading to white, short
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: finely divided leaves, lobed
Height: 30″ (reported), 29″ in 2022
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Most specialty nurseries

‘Nosegay’ after bloom.  Note how well the flowers clean off.  This is the type of plant deserving of an Award of Landscape Merit by the American Peony Society.