I realized when preparing material for this website that I did not have the correct ‘May Music’. Fortunately a good friend has given me a piece of the one that fits the description. However, my incorrectly named plant is very beautiful and photos of it are shown under peony mixups. I would love to have it identified. It is a very worthy plant.
A bloom from my first year plant is shown on the right.
|Cultivar: May Music|
|Year: 1973 (Saunders/Reath)|
|Seedling No: 16209|
|Parentage: 28: lactiflora X (officinalis X (mlokosewitschii X macrophylla))|
|Flower:||Color:||light rose pink with 7 crimson flares|
|Blooms:||very early (Reath) late (Silvia Saunders)|
|Carpels:||2-3, pale green, almost naked|
|Stamens:||red at base, shading white|
|Foliage color:||deep green (reported); I would say medium green|
|Foliage form:||narrow, not lobed|
|Height:||36″ (reported); 27″ in 2022 but plant is not mature|