Saunders was very impressed with this plant, writing about it over a several year period: “June 1, 1934 Grand black single. ¬†Extremely promising. Not like Challenger.¬† 1938 The most beautiful dark red single there is. 1940 Very glossy, not very shapely.”

It was very impressive in 2021, a year when many peonies performed more poorly than in 2020.

Cultivar: Reward
Year Registered: 1941
Seedling No: 10979. Page 17 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 6: lactiflora 2274 X officinalis Decora 6540
Flower: Color: dark maroon- an unusual color
Form: single, petals crinkled and fringed, somewhat irregular
Blooms: Week 4
Carpals: 5, pale green, slightly woolly
Stigmas: maroon (self)
Disc: bright pink, conspicuous
Stamens: filaments short, red at base, shading to yellow
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: slightly darker green
Foliage form: narrow, crinkled leaves
Height: 25″, reported; 28″ in 2021
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Few specialty nurseries