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  Silvia Saunders stated, and rightly so, that it has now been “superseded by better yellows” but I wanted it in my collection for its place in history.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.


Cultivar: Argosy
Year: 1928
Seedling No: not known  lutea hybrid
Group: Roman Gold
Flower: Color: clear yellow, short dark plum flares
Form: single
Blooms: Week 5
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