This plant has excellent foliage and form, and generally provides an abundance of  later season flowers. These were described as “glowing” by Silvia Saunders. It should be considered for an Award of Landscape Merit by the American Peony Society.  It is one of my favorite red peonies.

The photo on the right shows both ‘Ludovica’ and ‘Paladin’.

Cultivar: Paladin
Year: 1950
Seedling No: 9965. Page 22 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora 1875 X “lobata of Perry”
Flower: Color: red, described as cerise red or carmine red
Form: semi-double, 3 to 4 rows of petals
Blooms: Week 6
Carpels: at least 4, pale yellowish green, woolly
Stigmas: bright dark pink
Disc: light pink
Stamens: filaments light yellow
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: fairly narrow
Height: reported as dwarf but mine was 34″ in 2021 (average height)
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries