Savage Splendor

This favorite peony has dramatic buds and flowers with a color patterning that is hard to describe. It is also one of the most upright of Saunders woody peonies as illustrated in the lower photo taken after fall cleanup.  It should be part of everyone’s peony collection.

The colors on ‘Savage Splendor’ (and several other peonies) were much more intense than usual in 2022. I attribute this to a cold snap we had in May when nighttime temperatures went down to 28 (F). Even ‘Janice’ opened almost red instead of its usual peachy pink.  Photo to the right taken in 2022.

Cultivar: Savage Splendor
Year: 1950
Seedling No: unknown
Group: Mystery
Flower: Color: creamy yellow with lilac pink veins and edges, dark plum flares
Form: single
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 4-6, green
Stigmas: rosy pink
Sheath: dark reddish purple
Stamens: filaments dark red, anthers naked – no pollen, and relatively sparse
Plant: Habit: very upright
Foliage color: medium green, some red in petioles
Foliage form: average width
Height: 51″ on 8 year plant
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Most nurseries specializing in woody peonies