Early White

‘Early White’ did not bloom in 2020, likely due to a late frost but it is usually covered with abundant flowers held above the foliage.  It was good in 2021 and 2022.

This name does not appear in any of the Saunders’ catalogues or notebooks. I recently received some material from the estate of Peggy Goldsmith. It confirms that she gave this peony the name “Early White” but thought that the original name had been lost.  It does not appear to be identical to any other Saunders peony in my collection, nor is there an obvious match to any that I am missing.

Cultivar: Early White
Year: never registered
Seedling No: not known
Parentage: not known, looks like macrophylla heritage
Flower: Color: pale pink fading to white
Form: single, one row of 8 petals
Blooms: Week 3
Carpels: 3, light yellowish green
Stigmas: red
Disc: pink, obscure
Stamens: filaments slightly red at base shading to near white
Plant: Habit: rounded spreading bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: medium leaves
Height: 35″ in 2022
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: May not be available; purchased from a now-closed nursery