Black Pirate

Black Pirate’ won the Vote of Commendation from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society when it was first shown. ┬áIt is difficult to distinguish differences between ‘Black Pirate’ and ‘Thunderbolt’. Reath and Silvia Saunders reported its foliage is broader than that of ‘Thunderbolt’, but I cannot confirm this on the plants I grow under those names. Although it is a very dark flower, the mass of bright anthers gives it a cheery appearance.

Cultivar: Black Pirate
Year: 1948
Seedling No: 8021 delavayi X cherry red tree peony
Group: Black Pirate
Flower: Color: dark red with wide, almost black flares
Form: single, two rows of petals, (3-4 rows -Reath and Saunders), occasional petaloids
Blooms: Week 4-5
Carpels: 5 or more, green
Stigmas: bright pink
Sheath: purple
Stamens: filaments dark red
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: narrower than most
Height: short, 22″ on 6 year plant
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Rare