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Best Landscaper® 'Prairie Charm'
Origin.: (Hollingsworth, 1992)
Group: Itoh Hybrid
Bloom period: Midseason
Bloom week: 4, 5 & 6
Flower form: Semi-double
Height: Medium
USDA zone: 3 to 8
Item number: 0816


Semi-double; medium large flower, opens clear yellow. Well-formed petals with dark red-purple flares surround a cluster of prominent, greenish white carpels. Flower and foliage reminiscent of tree peonies. Good plant habit, vigorous, fast grower, dependable bloom, makes a medium height bush. Stems somewhat spreading; foliage is light green. Excellent in the landscape.

Awards, Best Use & Distinctions
Best Landscaper®; Hollingsworth's Best Peonies™; Award of Landscape Merit 2009; general garden use, perennial border.

Intersectional hybrid [Itoh hybrid]. Parentage: 'Miss America' x [Lutea Hybrid 'Alice Harding']. Presumed infertile; no seed, no pollen.

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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