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.
Silvia considered the flower color to be “black on opening, turns to crimson” and the flowers to be somewhat raggedy. Her mother Louise said it was “not a good bloomer” and William Gratwick found it disappointing. Also it “carries its blooms high, tho they are on curved necks”. Foliage was considered ferny.
|Form:||semi-double, very full|
|Sheath:||dark crimson, small|
|Foliage color:||medium green|
|Foliage form:||very long narrow leaves|
|Height:||24″ on 3 year plant|
|Recommendation:||Recommended if you like really dark flowers|
|Availability:||Several specialty nurseries|