‘Mystery’ can produce a very “finished” flower, perfectly round and carrying a dramatically dark center. Silvia Saunders displayed it at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 1962 where it won a Commendation. She speculated that it might be a tetraploid.
There are good examples of ‘Mystery’ at both Winterthur and the Scott Arboretum where I photographed them in 2017. However, these photos are from my own garden.
|Flower:||Color:||“pearled lavender” (Saunders) with dark plum flares|
|Form:||single, 2-3 rows of petals “with wonderful substance” (Silvia)|
|Stigmas:||cream with light pink tinge|
|Sheath:||light creamy lavender|
|Stamens:||filaments dark red plum, short|
|Foliage color:||medium green, slightly red edges|
|Foliage form:||leaves wider than typical with good substance, edged and tipped bronzy|
|Height:||29″ on 6 year plant|
|Availability:||Few nurseries specializing in woody peonies|