Golden Isles

‘Golden Isles’ has been referred to as “Double Canary” for their similar coloration.  However, it is listed as a single and seems to have no more than 3 rows of petals at the most.  It is the pod parent of ‘Golden Era’ (Reath, 1984) and of Reath’s A198 which were both widely used in further hybridizations.  ‘Autumn Harvest’ (Seidl, 1989) is one.

Silvia Saunders wrote that the “foliage was almost as handsome as a Japanese tree peony” (Moutan).

Cultivar: Golden Isles
Year: 1948-1950
Seedling No: not known 
Group: Golden Hind
Flower: Color: clear yellow with dark red flares
Form: single, 2 rows of petals, about 14, somewhat crinkled, occasional petaloids
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 5-6, green
Stigmas: cream
Sheath: light yellow; “cream” (Reath and Saunders)
Stamens: red from base to yellow just below anthers
Plant: Habit: broad bush
Foliage color: medium green, reddish stems
Foliage form: slightly more narrow than most
Height: 31″ on 7 year plant
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Few nurseries specializing in woody peonies