Tranquil Dove

Leena Liljestrand once asked me which Saunders peony took my breath away and I was, at the time, unable to answer.  Well, Leena, this is it!  The shiny foliage is reminiscent of florist’s greenery (myrtle, I think) and the buds are so gorgeous they almost surpass the flowers. The flowers are truly unique, nothing like them.

Although I’ve come to love all peony forms, I seem to be attracted to the unusual and small flowered ones as I also love the Windflowers.  Perhaps 2020 was a special year for ‘Tranquil Dove’  as it is not always so lovely.  The year 2020 needed this!

Cultivar: Tranquil Dove
Year: 1993 (Saunders/Laning/Caprice Farm Nursery)
Seedling No: not known
Parentage: 12B: F2 of Halcyon; Halcyon = lactiflora X “ozieri alba” (likely P. corsica)
Flower: Color: white with rosy pink overlay and edging
Form: single, 2 rows of petals, small, flat, ruffled edges
Blooms: Week 4
Carpels: pink, woolly
Stigmas: dark pink
Disc: dark pink
Stamens: filaments are red
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: dark green, shining
Foliage form: narrow, pointed leaves, terminal leaves slightly lobed
Height: 20-24″ (reported); 29″ in 2021, 31″ in 2022
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries