Saunders 8969

This is considered a “hybridizer’s plant”. It was given to Bill Seidl who then distributed it to other hybridizers. Don Hollingsworth used it to breed ‘Dark Promise’. It was donated to an auction of the Heartland Peony Society in 2013, probably by Don Hollingsworth, and shared with me. 

It is different from other Saunders peonies in my garden and might be of interest to people just to grow.  I think has a lovely, if small, flower. Do you think it is worthy of a name?

Cultivar: Saunders 8969
Year: Not Registered
Seedling No: 8969.  Page 23 of Saunders’ Notebook II
Parentage: officinalis Rosea Plena X corallina (Hong considers corallina to be P. algeriensis)
Flower: Color: dark pink
Form: single, 2 rows of petals, small flat flowers
Blooms: Week 4
Carpels: 3-4, light green, woolly
Stigmas: dark pink
Disc: cream, obscure
Stamens: filaments red at base, shading to white
Plant: Habit: spreading bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: medium 
Height: 26″ in 2021
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Not commercially available