Garden Peace

Formerly called Peace.  Waxy petals bear some resemblance to those of southern magnolia. According to Silvia Saunders’ notes there is some possibility the plant she distributed was a seedling of the original.  Either way, it is a distinctive plant and one of the few with side buds to contribute a long season of bloom.  Silvia also described it as “polleny” and you can see pollen staining the petals in the photo. A mature specimen can be the size of a shrub, so allow it some room.

Cultivar: Garden Peace
Year: 1941
Seedling No: 5458. Page 86 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 4C: lactiflora X ‘Chalice’. ‘Chalice = (lactiflora X macrophylla)
Flower: Color: white, waxy
Form: single, very large flat flower with fringed edges, side buds
Blooms: Week 4
Carpels: 3, reddish, woolly
Stigmas: dark red
Disc: red
Stamens: filaments red at base shading to yellow
Plant: Habit: upright spreading wider than tall
Foliage color: dark green, red stems
Foliage form: large leaves, smooth edges
Height: 40″ in 2022
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries