Damask

The photo on the right was taken at the Scott Arboretum in 2017. For some reason, my plant  is reluctant to bloom even though it is now 8 years old and in a fairly prominent location.  In 2021 it finally produced one bloom late in the season and I missed it.  

The other two photos were taken by Craig Aiken and Kevin Inkawhich at Hamilton College.  Thanks Craig and Kevin.  It appears that the Scott Arboretum and Hamilton College have two different plants.  Which one is correct and which one do I have?  Mine was obtained from an auction so I don’t know its exact source.  

The foliage on mine is as described by Reath and Saunders so I am hopeful I have the right plant. However the foliage on the plant at the Scott Arboretum is different from mine, much more narrow.  Stay tuned!

 

Cultivar: Damask
Year: 1941
Seedling No: 270
Group: Tea Rose

 

Flower: Color: warm light gold with short dark plum flares
Form: semi-double, 3-4 rows of petals
Blooms: [BLOOM]
Carpels: 6, green
Stigmas: light rose
Sheath: “small, cream” (Reath and Saunders)
Stamens: filaments red, shading to yellow, rather sparse stamens
Plant: Habit: low wide plant (mine)
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form:

“rather broad” (Reath and Saunders), slightly wider than most (my plant)

Height: 33″ on my 8 year old plant

 

Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Few nurseries specializing in woody peonies