This is another of the quadruple hybrids with 4 different species in its background. Saunders described nine of these in an article “Two New Races of Peonies” in Bulletin 100 of the American Peony Society, December 1945. This peony was originally named ‘Daybreak’ but was changed to “Early Daybreak’ in his 1950 catalogue (being from Canada he always used the English spelling).
It is a beauty and definitely worth having in your garden (apparently Silvia Saunders didn’t think so because she listed it as “discarded” in her notebook!).
|Parentage:||28: lactiflora X (peregrina ‘Otto Froebel’ X 5397) 5397 = (mlokosewitschiii X macrophylla))|
|Flower:||Color:||white, pink tinged, white flares|
|Form:||single, 8 petals, fringed and crinkled|
|Stamens:||filaments red at base, shading to yellow|
|Plant:||Habit:||rounded bush, luxuriant foliage|
|Foliage color:||light green|
|Foliage form:||pointed leaves, some lobed|
|Height:||34″ in 2021|
|Availability:||Few specialty nurseries|