‘Claudia’ is registered as a semi-double but my plant never has more than around 12 petals so I would call it a single.  I bought it at an APS convention auction before I was seriously collecting Saunders peonies and do not know who donated it.

‘Claudia’ received the Award of Landscape Merit from APS.  It stands up very well after a storm but in 2020 it showed a lot of curly stems.

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Cultivar: Claudia
Year: 1944
Seedling No: [9618. Page 22 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora 441 X peregrina “lobata of Perry”


Flower: Color: pink, shite outer flares
Form: single, 2 rows of petals, about 12, sometimes slit
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: generally 4, medium green, woolly
Stigmas: rose pink
Disc: white or pale pink (Silvia Saunders’ notes)
Stamens: filaments yellow
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: narrow leaves, not lobed
Height: 38″ in 2022; (42″ reported)


Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Many specialty nurseries