This was the first woody peony Saunders introduced.  It caused a sensation when it was first shown at the Massachusetts Horticulture Society where it won a First Class Certificate.  Silvia Saunders stated, and rightly so, that it has now been “superseded by better yellows” but I wanted it in my collection for its place in history. An ‘Argosy’ was planted at the gravesite of A.P. Saunders in the cemetery of Hamilton College but it is no longer there.

Silvia wrote that it was very similar to ‘Arcadia’ and considered its foliage to be “ferny”.


Cultivar: Argosy
Year: 1928
Seedling No: not known,  lutea hybrid
Group: Roman Gold


Flower: Color: clear yellow, short dark plum flares
Form: single, 11 petals, 7″ blooms
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: green
Stigmas: cream (Reath and Saunders)
Sheath: cream (Reath and Saunders)
Stamens: filaments crimson, rather long and droopy
Plant: Habit: [HABIT]
Foliage color: medium green, sometimes reddish  (Silvia)
Foliage form: fairly narrow
Height: 15″ on 3 year old plant


Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Rare