Skylark

I must confess to not really noticing this plant until 2020 when it really stood out with over 3 dozen blooms held high above the plant. Fabulous again in 2021.  It is among the tallest of the Saunders peonies so be sure to locate it behind shorter plants. 

Cultivar: Skylark
Year: 1942
Seedling No: 9540. Page 22 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora #441 X peregrina “lobata of Perry”
Flower: Color: deep rose pink, white flares on backs of petals
Form: single
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 2-4, very light green
Stigmas: pink
Disc: light pink
Stamens: filaments yellow, abundant stamens and pollen
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: narrow, mostly entire
Height: tall; 36″ (reported), 49″ in 2021
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries