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  Silvia Saunders stated, and rightly so, that it has now been “superseded by better yellows” but I wanted it in my collection for its place in history.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’ is planted at the gravesite of A.P. Saunders in the cemetery of Hamilton College.

This photo was taken by me in the Grant Garden at Hamilton College in 2015.  My plant has yet to bloom.

Cultivar: Argosy
Year: 1928
Seedling No: not known
Group: Roman Gold
Flower: Color: clear yellow, short dark plum flares
Form: registered as single; since there are at least 3 rows of petals, I would say semi-double
Blooms: [BLOOM]
Carpels: green
Stigmas: cream (Reath and Saunders)
Sheath: cream (Reath and Saunders)
Stamens: filaments crimson
Plant: Habit: [HABIT]
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: fairly narrow
Height: 15″ on 3 year old plant
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Rare