A & D “Saunders 02”

Donated by A & D Nursery to the APS auction in 2019.  No information given but of course I had to have it.

Figuring out the parentage of this peony as it matures will be equivalent to taking a final exam on my knowledge of Saunders peonies!  The root morphology and flower color suggest officinalis heritage.

Cultivar: A & D “Saunders 02”
Year: not registered
Seedling No: not known
Parentage: not known
Flower: Color: brilliant red
Form: semi-double
Blooms: Week 5 (new plant, could be earlier)
Carpels: 4, green, slightly woolly
Stigmas: medium pink
Disc: [DISC]
Stamens: filaments and tips of anthers are red
Plant: Habit: [HABIT]
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: [FORM]
Height: 27″ in 2021
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Not commercially available