Roman Gold

‘Roman Gold’ is a prolific bloomer which occasionally reblooms in the fall.  It spreads widely; my 7 year old plant is now about 8 feet wide.  It is a vigorous grower with little dieback over winter in my garden. William Gratwick noted it was easy to propagate. I am inexperienced in grafting but would agree with Gratwick as I’ve been successful in propagating it.

Cultivar: Roman Gold
Year: 1941
Seedling No: 322 and 12618 (12618 is presumed to have been propagated from 322)
Group: Roman Gold  lutea X white tree peony 
Flower: Color: sulphur yellow with dark red flares
Form: single, about 10 petals, good form
Blooms: Week 4-5
Carpels: 6, pale green
Stigmas: light yellow
Sheath: light yellow
Stamens: filaments red, shading to yellow below the anthers
Plant: Habit: spreading bush, wider than tall
Foliage color: medium green, red on petioles and edges of leaves
Foliage form: typical (“neither broad nor ferny” – Silvia)
Height: 40′ on 8 year plant
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Several nurseries specializing in woody peonies