This is another peony with uniquely colored flowers which should be more widely grown. Nate Bremer, Solaris Farms, Wisconsin, reports it has better than average winter stem hardiness. The petal color is very similar to that of ‘Renown’ but the stigmas of ‘Renown’ are cream.  I have seen the two confused in a public garden.

Flowers can have petals in the middle of the carpels -an interesting but perhaps not always an attractive feature! Silvia Saunders called this a very finished flower.

Cultivar: Hesperus
Year: 1948-50
Seedling No: 16544
Group: Banquet
Flower: Color: blend of pink with gold undertones, darker pink veins and edges, no flares
Form: single, two rows, 10-16 petals, may have petaloids in center, tend to nod
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: up to 6, green
Stigmas: rosy pink
Sheath: deep red, same as filaments
Stamens: dilaments deep red, short
Plant: Habit: wide bush
Foliage color: light green, reddish stems
Foliage form: rather narrow
Height: 36″ on 8 year plant
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Few nurseries specializing in woody peonies