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Best Landscaper® 'Love Affair'
Origin.: (Hollingsworth, 2005)
Group: Itoh Hybrid
Bloom period: Midseason
Bloom week: 4 & 5
Flower form: Semi-double
Height: Medium
USDA zone: 3 to 8
Item number: 0926


Semi-double, on well grown mature plants nearly double; large, snow white flowers, with a touch of pale pink of the carpels at center, contrasted by the golden stamens. The flowers typically form a symmetrical bowl, mostly one per stem. Outstanding habit, vigorous, fast to increase, compact bush of medium height. Excellent dark green foliage that remains healthy throughout the growing season. A dependable variety that does very well in the landscape.

Awards, Best Use & Distinctions
Best Landscaper
®; Hollingsworth's Best Peonies™; general garden and landscape use; perennial border.

Itoh-group [Intersectional Hybrid]. Parentage: Lactiflora 'Gertrude Allen' x Lutea Hybrid 'Alice Harding'. Branch sport of our yellow flower seedling, 0926. No fertility has been noted.

Presumed near infertility: "The Itoh Hybrids have for long been known to be highly infertile. Recently, chromosome count findings show they are triploids, reason enough for the observations. Any seeds from Itohs pollination by either triploids or tetraploids are expected to include a share of tetraploids, possibly fertile. Suggestion: pollinate by one or another of their parental Lutea Hybrids or a mix thereof. Expect rare success, requires patience, but persistence is how we got the present generation of Itohs." (Don Hollingsworth, 2021)

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