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!
|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|
|Stamens:||filaments are red|
|Foliage color:||dark green, shining|
|Foliage form:||narrow, pointed leaves, terminal leaves slightly lobed|
|Height:||20-24″ (reported); 29″ in 2021, 31″ in 2022|
|Availability:||Several specialty nurseries|