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Old Farmstead™ Selection
Originator: (Hollingsworth)
Group: Lactiflora
Bloom period: Late Midseason
Bloom week: 5 & 6
Flower form: Anemone
Height: Medium
USDA zone: 2 to 8
Item number: 1906


A full Anemone or medium Bomb form showing a tendency to full double (extra petals at center comparable to the outer petals). Light pink to blush outer petals, center segments creamy-white, with distinctive pink carpals and sometimes thread like red stigmas, no stamens; fragrant. A model of resistance to fungi disease and a strong grower, it makes many stems and a wide spreading bush. New shoots emerging from the soil are bronze color. 

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

Old Farmstead™ is a selection of historical lactiflora cultivars. These are plants especially free of fungus and known to have long survived, perhaps notable for having been cherished for generations in a family, collected at old house sites or having other evidence of excellent durability and performance. We have them from Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Virginia. All of these will occasionally have useable stigmas and carpals for seeding. They do not produce pollen.  We have used Old Farmstead™ peonies successfully in our breeding program. One sort is seed parent of 'Garden Treasure'. 

We have assembled information which leads us to believe Old Farmstead™ Dewey HP1-61 is the peony widely grown pre-World War II for the United States florist trade under the name 'Queen Victoria'. Historically, 'Queen Victoria' is a trade name given by Kelway's Nursery in Britain for the peony 'Whitleyi' (Whitley, 1808), one of the earliest to arrive of the Lactiflora peonies imported from China to England in the 19th century.  

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