Golden Vanitie

This was my first Saunders peony, bought mostly for the color (and, at $35, the lowest priced woody peony being offered by Klehm’s in 1995).¬† So it has a special meaning to me. In some years it has suffered significant winter die-back and never achieves a great height.

I also received what appears to be the same plant under the name ‘Apricot’ from another nursery.

Cultivar: Golden Vanitie
Year: 1960
Seedling No: 14286
Group: Roman Gold
Flower: Color: light yellow with narrow, faint pink edging
Form: single, 2 rows of petals, fairly flat
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: about 5, green
Stigmas: medium pink
Sheath: red
Stamens: filaments red from base to yellow just below anthers, no pollen
Plant: Habit: low rounded bush, wider than tall 
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: “broad” (Reath and Saunders) I would say typical
Height: 28″ on 26 year old plant
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Several nurseries specializing in woody peonies