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).
|Flower:||Color:||deep cream yellow, may be edged rosy, dark flares|
|Form:||double, fluffy, about 30-100 petals, frilled (Reath and Saunders0|
|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)|
|Foliage color:||medium green|
|Foliage form:||average width; “heavy stems” (Reath and Saunders)|
|Height:||31″ on 4 year plant|