This is one of my favorite red peonies!  The plant form is excellent and the flowers are held well above the foliage on straight stems. The flowers literally glow and the notching on some of the petals is quite unique.


Cultivar: Carina
Year: 1944
Seedling No: 10110, Pages 22 & 23 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora ‘Kelway’s Glorious’ X peregrina “lobata of Perry”


Flower: Color: scarlet red (Wister says “a bit of orange”)
Form: semi-double, 3-4 rows of petals, some attractively notched
Blooms: Week 4 or 5
Carpels: 3-6, green
Stigmas: rose pink
Disc: bright pink, edged pink (Silvia Saunders); mine white
Stamens: filaments are yellow
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green, shining
Foliage form: pointed leaves, lobed
Height: 37″ in 2021 (corrected from 50″)


Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries