Your Majesty

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.

Cultivar: Your Majesty
Year: 1947
Seedling No: 11389. Page 22r of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora 3458 X 5267 (5267 = seedling believed to be a lobata)
Flower: Color: scarlet red
Form: single, two rows of petals
Blooms: Week 4 or 5
Carpels: 4-5, green (mine); rose pink (Silvia Saunders’ notes)
Stigmas: light pink
Disc: white, conspicuous
Stamens: filaments are yellow, abundant stamens, rather dark gold anthers
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: large leaves, lobed
Height: tall, 48″ (reported); 44″ in 2021
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Few specialty nurseries