Grace Root

This is not a tall plant and hasn’t increased a lot in my garden, perhaps because it is overshadowed by taller neighbors.  It is planted right next to ‘Skylark’ so it can be easily overlooked.

Named for Grace Root, wife of Edward Root.  Edward was the son of Elihu Root who served as Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and Senator and was a graduate of Hamilton College. The property first acquired by Elihu’s father, Oren Root, became known as the Root Glen and was donated to Hamilton College by Grace Root in 1971. The College maintains a collection of Saunders peonies in these gardens.

Cultivar: Grace Root
Year: 1940
Seedling No: 10503. Pages 22, 24, & 44 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora 2402 X “lobata of Perry”
Flower: Color: light salmon pink, white flares
Form: single, about 13 rounded petals, curved inward
Blooms: Week 6
Carpels: 4-5, light green, woolly
Stigmas: light salmon pink (Silvia Saunders’ notes say deep pink)
Disc: light pink
Stamens: filaments yellow
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: rather dark green, red stems
Foliage form: narrow leaves, terminal leaves are lobed
Height: 24″ in 2021; 26″ in 2022
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Few specialty nurseries