Constance Spry

I look forward to this peony’s blooms each year but Silvia Saunders considered it “less good” than ‘Cytherea’. ¬†Certainly ‘Cytherea’ is easier to obtain.

This peony is named after Constance Spry (1886-1960), who in her mid-40’s left a career in education to become one of the most famous floral designers in Britain.¬† She designed the flowers for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. David Austin also named a pink rose after her.


Cultivar: Constance Spry
Year: 1941
Seedling No: 10644-1. Pages 22 & 46 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7:¬†lactiflora ‘Marie Jacquin’ X “lobata of Perry”


Flower: Color: bright cherry rose
Form: semi-double, 406 rows of petals
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 2-5, green
Stigmas: light pink
Disc: white
Stamens: filaments cream, short
Plant: Habit: upright bush
Foliage color: slightly grey green
Foliage form: narrow leaves, terminal may be notched
Height: 37″ in 2021


Recommendation: Highly recommended if you can find it
Availability: Few specialty nurseries