There are several heights reported for this plant from 35″ (Wister) – 60″ (APS website). Five feet seems unlikely to me. Also the carpels have been described as white (Wister) and as rose pink (Silvia Saunders). My plant definitely has green carpels so I am not sure if I have the correct plant.
In some years the plants have been so tall that it is difficult to photograph the flowers but in 2023 plants were short enough to reach the flowers. Notice the distinctive very wide white flares on the outside of the petals which can help in identifying this peony.
|Seedling No:||11389. Page 22r of Saunders’ Notebook I|
|Parentage:||7: lactiflora 3458 X 5267 (5267 = seedling believed to be a lobata)|
|Form:||single, two rows of petals|
|Blooms:||Week 4 or 5|
|Carpels:||4-5, green (mine); rose pink (Silvia Saunders’ notes)|
|Stamens:||filaments are yellow, abundant stamens, rather dark gold anthers|
|Foliage color:||medium green|
|Foliage form:||large leaves, lobed|
|Height:||tall, 48″ (reported); 44″ in 2021|
|Availability:||Few specialty nurseries|