Open, rather flat flowers are held just above the foliage.  This peony is planted in a large bed containing several dozen Saunders peonies and I haven’t yet given it the attention it deserves! It may well turn out to be one of his best whites.

Cultivar: Sanctus
Year: 1955
Seedling No: 16982. Page 141 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 5C: F3 of (lactiflora X officinalis single crimson)
Flower: Color: pale pink in bud, opens blush, fades to white
Form: single, 8 petals, notched edges
Blooms: Week 4
Carpels: 2-5, greenish yellow, woolly
Stigmas: bright dark red
Disc: white or palest pink (Silvia Saunders’ notes)
Stamens: filaments red at base, shading to yellow; abundant
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: narrow leaves, not lobed
Height: 27″ in 2022
Recommendation: Recommended]
Availability: Few specialty nurseries