Black Panther

The flowers tend to hang down which I consider a fault. ‘Black Panther’ is unique among Saunders peonies. Some collectors really like dark flowered peonies, and if you do, this one is for you! I prefer sunnier colors, perhaps because they are easier to photograph.

The top photo was taken by Denise Hix in my garden.

Cultivar: Black Panther
Year: 1948
Seedling No: 13030
Group: Black Pirate
Flower: Color: dark maroon
Form: semi-double, very full
Blooms: Week 5-6
Carpels: green
Stigmas: crimson pink
Sheath: dark, small
Stamens: filaments red
Plant: Habit: wide bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: narrowly cut
Height: 24″ on 3 year plant
Recommendation: Recommended if you like really dark flowers
Availability: Several specialty nurseries