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.

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
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