This blooms very early for a lactiflora. The small flowers surrounding the terminal make for a single stemmed bouquet. It is absolutely charming and unique and should be more widely grown.
It is one of the few Saunders varieties grown by W.E. Upjohn and still found in the historic peony collection of Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Its name had been lost until the collection was toured by a group of knowledgeable APS members including Don Hollingsworth according to Passion for Peonies: Celebrating the Culture and Conservation of Nichols Arboretum’s Beloved Flower (Michener & Grese, 2019).
|Parentage:||0: lactiflora cultivar|
|Flower:||Color:||rose pink with lighter centers, fades to white|
|Form:||semi-double, multiple side buds open while terminal is still in bloom|
|Carpels:||8, greenish yellow|
|Stamens:||lemon yellow filaments, may have petaloids mixed in with stamens|
|Plant:||Habit:||upright rounded bush|
|Foliage color:||slightly lighter green leaves, shiny, dark red stems|
|Foliage form:||narrow, not lobed|
|Height:||27″ (reported), 34″ in 2021|