Age of Gold

This is one of the best loved Saunders peonies. It received the Gold Medal from APS in 1973, one of only 7 woody peonies which have received this award.¬† Although its flowers are almost fully double, they are held well out of the foliage.¬† This cultivar has fertile pollen and is the pod parent of ‘Ruffled Sunset’ (Reath, 1988) and of ‘Alicia Nicole’ (Seidl/Bremer, 2017).

Cultivar: Age of Gold
Year: 1948
Seedling No: 14300A
Group: Golden Hind
Flower: Color: warm bright gold, fading lighter, slight red flares
Form: semi-double, 8-10 rows of petals
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: up to 12 (Reath and Silvia Saunders)
Stigmas: cream
Sheath: pale lilac
Stamens: filaments reddish, short
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: rather light green, some edges tinged red
Foliage form: average 
Height: 38″ on an 8 year old plant
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Most specialty nurseries offering woody peonies