This peony appears among the APS registrations, but no date is given. The tinges of green often seen on the petals could be considered a fault but can help in its identification. Silvia Saunders wrote of a “warm glowing heart” referring to the masses of golden stamens on a fairly open flower.
There are also references in her notebook to a Frances I and a Frances II so there may be two forms being sold under the same name.
|Year:||1965 is the first appearance in a Saunders Nursery Catalogue|
|Seedling No:||8167. Page 2 of Saunders’ Notebook I|
|Parentage:||25: lactiflora X 1468 (officinalis ‘Sabini’ X macrophylla)|
|Flower:||Color:||rose pink, white flares on backs of petals, sometimes green tinged|
|Form:||single, 8 petals|
|Blooms:||Week 4 or 5|
|Carpels:||2-3, green, glabrous|
|Stamens:||filaments red at base, shading to yellow|
|Foliage color:||medium green, shining|
|Foliage form:||pointed leaves, somewhat incurved or fluted|
|Height:||30″ in 2021|