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’. Silvia Saunders found the color the same as ‘Vesuvian’ 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.

Grace Root reported that her plant produced sidebuds; Silvia that it was a fine grower.

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, maybe touched red
Foliage form: narrower than most
Height: short, 22″ on 6 year plant
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Rare