Herbaceous Hybrid. Parentage: unknown. Fertile both ways; pollen and seed.
KimSue [Herbaceous Hybrid] (P. C. "Chris" Laning, Donald Hollingsworth, 2019)
Semidouble, large blossoms open Early, the second week of peony flowering. The
fluffy flower is made up entirely of layered guard petals, their hue a creamy mauve
blush, which surround a compact center of erect stamens. Notably absent are the
smaller inner petals commonly seen as an important part of peony flower doubling.
These bold flowers are presented shortly above the stout, erect bush, the stems to 32
inches in field conditions, well adapted to inclusion in a viewed landscape. Foliage
holds condition well into summer with moderate resistance to peony mildew. The plant
came to us from Chris Laning unannounced in 2001, obviously distinct from the Itoh
Hybrid roots we were expecting, earning it the field name "Laning Twentieth Century
Surprise." And, what a very pleasant surprise from my breeder perspective: fertile
pollen, abundant seeds and promising the genetics for multipetally, the trait believed
important in the complex genome which enables the big, petals-packed Doubles class
peony flowers. The name honors my granddaughter, Kimberly Suzanne.
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