Sophie

This peony was presumably named for the wife of Saunders’ son Blake. The flowers are held on very long stems which seem unable to support the blooms, so the plant tends to sprawl when in bloom.  A photo you’ll never see in a catalogue! Give it support.

Cultivar: Sophie
Year: 1940
Seedling No: 10108. Pages 22 & 39 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora ‘Kelway’s Glorious’ X peregrina “lobata of Perry”
Flower: Color: deep cherry pink
Form: semi-double, 3-4 rows of petals, small flowers
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: light greenish yellow
Stigmas: very pale pink
Disc: white (Silvia Saunders’ notes)
Stamens: light yellow filaments
Plant: Habit: spreading
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: very narrow leaves, not lobed
Height: 25″ (reported)
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Rare, mine was a gift from a friend