Didn’t bloom in 2020, perhaps due to a late frost. I’d really looked forward to its blooms so I could have my picture taken with it to mimic an often-used (and perhaps last taken) photo of Professor Saunders with this peony in the garden of Grace Root.
This is a truly unique plant and the only Saunders cultivar resulting from a cross between P. lactiflora and P. emodi. Someone needs to make a pink one although perhaps it wouldn’t have the sophistication of this purest of whites!
|Seedling No:||14427. Page 19 of Saunders’ Notebook I – notation by Silvia Saunders|
|Parentage:||3: lactiflora 1722 X emodi|
|Form:||single, large open flat flower, multiple flowers per stem|
|Blooms:||Week 4-5 (based on 2017 bloom date)|
|Carpels:||2-4 or more, light green, glabrous, exhibits polycarpy|
|Stamens:||filaments yellow, very short, sparse anthers|
|Foliage color:||medium green|
|Foliage form:||rather narrow leaves, not lobed|
|Height:||Up to 5′ in some reports; 46″ in 2021|
|Availability:||Several specialty nurseries|
A bloom exhibiting polycarpy.