Silver Sails

Reath and Saunders described the color as “palest clear yellow” while the Saunders catalogues used the term “pale silvery yellow”. ‘Silver Sails’ has a unique flower among the Saunders peonies and can’t be confused with other cultivars. Yay!  In my garden its foliage has declined early.

Cultivar: Silver Sails
Year: 1940
Seedling No: 266  lutea X tree peony (Moutan)
Group: Roman Gold
Flower: Color: creamy yellow, very small red flares (barely visible)
Form: listed as single but has up to 3 rows of petals
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 4-6, green
Stigmas: cream
Sheath: cream
Stamens: red at base, shading to yellow, no pollen
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green, some red on stems and leaf edges
Foliage form: narrower than most
Height: 21″ on 8 year plant
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Rare