Golden Hind

From the description given by David Reath and Silvia Saunders, this appears to be a distinctive Saunders peony.  The photo of the bud was taken by me at the Scott Arboretum in 2017. They later donated a plant to the Heartland Peony Society and I was fortunate to win it at their auction.  My plant first bloomed in 2021.

William Gratwick who received many of the Saundes plants thought this one was a keeper. It can be confused  with ‘Damask ‘but ‘Damask’ has a cream sheath while ‘Golden Hind’ has a lilac or mauve sheath.

‘Golden Hind’ is in the lineage of ‘Helios’ (Daphnis, 1977).


Cultivar: Golden Hind
Year: 1948
Seedling No: 16502
Group: Golden Hind


Flower: Color: deep cream yellow, may be edged rosy, dark flares
Form: double, fluffy, about 30-100 petals, frilled (Reath and Saunders0
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: many (Reath and Saunders)
Stigmas: creamy pink (Reath and Saunders)
Sheath: lilac (Reath and Saunders)
Stamens: dark red, long, abundant, has pollen (Reath and Saunders)
Plant: Habit: wide bush
Foliage color: medium  green
Foliage form: average width; “heavy stems” (Reath and Saunders)
Height: 31″ on 4 year plant


Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Rare