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Dark Promise
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Best Cut® 'Dark Promise'
O:(Pehrson/Hollingsw., 2010)
Group: Herbaceous Hybrid
Bloom period: Early Midseason
Bloom week: 3
Flower form: Bomb
Height: Medium
USDA Zone: 3 to 7
Item number: 1508


Bomb double flower opens plum red. The color is even throughout and holds its intensity especially if opened as a cut stem. The outer petals form a saucer that holds a large ball of inner petals. These inner segments are relatively long and incurved, creating a silhouette that is as tall as it is wide. The flower is well tailored, of good substance, and of exhibition quality. It is a striking flower and unique among cut flower garden peonies due to its exceptional flower form and color. This peony has a satisfying plant habit, dependable bloom, vigorous, and produces a sizable bush within a few years of planting. Long stems, spreading with open flower requiring mechanical support when to be flowered in the landscape. The foliage is glossy, medium green, the leaflets are quite large. They are distinctly rounded and cupped, of bright green color at flowering, leaf condition may decline upon onset of heat and drought, supplemental irrigation and protection from direct mid-day sun is beneficial. A remarkable peony that makes a great addition to a cut flower garden and furnishes fine stems for the vase.

Awards, Best Use & Distinctions
Best Cut®; Our Own Peonies; rare variety; exhibition variety; general garden and landscape use; perennial border; cut flower garden; deer resistant.

Basic Growing Requirements
Full Sun. Water as needed, sensitive to overwatering and waterlog conditions. Soil pH 6.5-7. Fertile, well-draining soil.

Disclosure: The image(s) above shows the actual cultivar named and described on this page. The pictures are a fair and accurate depiction of the flowers as they are, in vivo, and are not staged or altered otherwise. The descriptions are based on our experience with plants that are grown by us here in NW Missouri. All images and information presented are subject to US Copyright ©, cultivar names may be subject to US Registered Trademark ®, and/or subject to specific breeder rights such as US Plant Patent and/or USDA Plant Variety Protection as well as specific State of Missouri crop protection laws, and all rights thereto are reserved. Please note plant size, color, and health is due to a variety of environmental factors so results cannot be guaranteed and additionally that different web browsers may display colors slightly differently. These varieties may not be propagated commercially or exported without specific license and may be subject to export/import regulations. For inquiry send a written letter to Hollingsworth Peonies, P.O. Box 233, Maryville, MO 64468.  

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This plant was produced by Roy Pehrson. Upon the onset of declining health, Roy divested himself of valued peony plants. This is one of the seedlings sent to Chris Laning. Chris later shared divisions with others interested in peony breeding as an example of the flower doubling achievements attainable among the early flowering interspecies hybrids. The name is registered at this time in preparation for further distribution as a cultivar for its unique ornamental qualities, which also enables preservation of its history. The parentage as furnished by Pehrson is [(Lactiflora Group) 'Petite René' x Saunders 8969 (Paeonia officinalis ‘Rosea Plena’ x P. corallina)]. Presumed triploid, stigmas appear normal, but no seeds noted to date.

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