‘Cytherea’ is a synonym for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.  Silvia Saunders considered it especially good.  Others agree. ‘Cytherea’ earned the Gold Medal of the American Peony Society in 1980 and has also been awarded the Award of Landscape Merit by APS.  


Cultivar: Cytherea
Year: 1953
Seedling No: 9948. Page 22 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora 1875 X peregrina “lobata of Perry”
Flower: Color: cherry pink
Form: full semi-double, 6-8 rows of petals, bowl-shaped
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 3-4, medium green
Stigmas: deep rose
Disc: white
Stamens: filaments light yellow/dream
Plant: Habit: spreading bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: narrow leaves, somewhat lobed
Height: 34″ in 2021
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Many specialty nurseries