‘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).
|Seedling No:||not known|
|Flower:||Color:||clear yellow with dark red flares|
|Form:||single, 2 rows of petals, about 14, somewhat crinkled, occasional petaloids|
|Sheath:||light yellow; “cream” (Reath and Saunders)|
|Stamens:||red from base to yellow just below anthers|
|Foliage color:||medium green, reddish stems|
|Foliage form:||slightly more narrow than most|
|Height:||31″ on 7 year plant|
|Availability:||Few nurseries specializing in woody peonies|