Chinese Dragon

This is one of the most well known Saunders woody peonies.  It was given the Gold Medal by the American Peony Society in 1983.  ‘Chinese Dragon’ was often used by William Seidl as a pollen parent.  It is in the lineage of several Seidl and Seidl/Bremer advanced generation lutea hybrids including ‘Black Forest’, ‘Brassy Lady’, ‘Charon’, ‘Door County Sunset’, ‘Rosalind Elsie Franklin’, and ‘Sedona’. Its pollen was also used by Roger Anderson to create the intersectional ‘Watermelon Wine’.

William Gratwick considered its foliage “one of the best, but hangs its heads in worst way” while Harry duPont called it a “purple” color and Silvia thought “strawberry and amethyst” a good phrase.  How about just “dark pink”?

Cultivar: Chinese Dragon
Year: 1948
Seedling No: 16455
Group: Banquet
Flower: Color: bright dark pink, wide dark flares
Form: single, 2 rows of petals, about 14, fringed and crinkled
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: about 5, green
Stigmas: dark pink
Sheath: dark pink
Stamens: filaments red
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green, edges tinged pink; some red on stems
Foliage form: finely cut
Height: 42″ on 7 year plant
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Several nurseries specializing in woody peonies