Requiem

If you like large white single flowers, this may be the one for you.  It is more upright than many of the peonies with macrophylla heritage. ‘Requiem’ has a very beautiful “finished” flower.  This plant does not produce pollen because the stamens have been converted to staminodes.

In 2021, this peony had an exceptionally long bloom time and has now become my favorite Saunders white peony.

Cultivar: Requiem
Year Registered: 1941
Seedling No: 10993. Page 89 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 4C: lactiflora X (lactiflora X macrophylla)
Flower: Color: blush white, fading rapidly to white
Form: single, 2 rows of petals, about 10
Blooms: Week 5
Carpals: 3-5, dark reddish green, woolly
Stigmas: crimson
Disc: rosy pink
Stamens: stamens are staminodes, fliaments are red at base, shading to yellow
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green, glossy
Foliage form: large leaves
Height: 37″ (reported); 41″ in 2021
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Few specialty nurseries