This is one of my favorites among the yellow peonies.  Without any dark flares, it has a very cheery presentation.  The flowers are mostly held just slightly above the foliage and don’t have quite as much tendency to “nod” as in some of the other cultivars.  The more downward facing flower form has been termed by at least one hybridizer as the “lutea hook”. When present, it makes viewing or photographing the flowers rather difficult.

Cultivar: Goldfinch
Year: 1948
Seedling No: 16541
Group: Roman Gold
Flower: Color: clear bright yellow, no flares
Form: single to semi-double, 3 rows of petals, 4-5″
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: about 5, green
Stigmas: cream
Sheath: cream, tinged pink
Stamens: filaments dark red throughout, short stamens
Plant: Habit: low, wide bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: slightly more narrow than average
Height: 45″ on 8 year plant
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Few nurseries specializing in woody peonies