‘Pageant’ cannot be easily confused with any other Saunders peony. It blooms very early and the flowers have a very large boss of stamens (Silvia Saunders calls this a “large heart”). Sometimes these are spoiled by a late frost.
The petal color is a slightly blue-toned pink, causing H. F. du Pont to vanquish it to the cutting garden from the display gardens at Winterthur where he felt its coloration did not match the nearby azaleas.
|Parentage:||27B: F2 of ((officinalis Rosea Plena X 4992 (4992 = lactiflora X macrophylla))|
|Flower:||Color:||light pink (blue-toned)|
|Form:||single, 8 petals, open flat form|
|Carpels:||2-3, grey, woolly|
pale pink, if any (Silvia Saunders) white, edged pink, obscure
|Stamens:||filaments light yellow, many stamens|
|Plant:||Habit:||upright – spreading in 2021|
|Foliage color:||dark green, shining|
|Foliage form:||lower leaves entire (not lobed)|
|Height:||48″ (reported); 34″ in 2021|
|Availability:||Several specialty nurseries|