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Hollingsworth Peonies
PO Box 233
Maryville, MO 64468

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Kathy's Touch
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Best Landscaper® 'Kathy's Touch'
Origin.: (Hollingsworth, 2009)

Group: Herbaceous Hybrid
Bloom period: Early
Bloom week: 2
Flower form: Semi-double
Height: Medium
USDA Zone: 3 to 7
Item number: 3036


Semi-double on young plants, otherwise double flower on fully grown specimens. The large size flower opens in shades of medium pink. The pigments are most saturated in the depths of the flower and lighten outward to tips of the petals. The color is more pronounced in cool spring weather and soon fades to lighter pink shades. The shape of the flower is the classic two stage (flower-in-flower) anatomy of traditional lactiflora group cultivars. The inner flower varies in fullness, leading to our designation of semi-double flower form. There is a thin ring of pollen-bearing stamens at the inner edge of the outer part and again at the center. It is a well-tailored, neat flower with pleasing shape and good substance. The bush has a very satisfying plant habit, it is quite vigorous and a dependable bloomer. It produces ample color on a broad bush within a few years of planting. This bush is of medium height with flowers borne close enough to the foliage for a harmonious and well-proportioned presentation. The thick stems are erect and lend well for concealed support mechanics when needed against severe weather events. The stems are covered in glossy, deep green foliage and long enough for cutting. This fine peony is worthy of an accent point for the near border and is an excellent choice for the cut flower garden.

Awards, Best Use & Distinctions 
Best Landscaper®; Best Cut®; BeeLoved®; Our Own Peonies; general garden and landscape use; perennial border; cut flower garden; attracts pollinators and honey bees; 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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Herbaceous hybrid. Parentage: 'Salmon Dream' x 'Pink Vanguard'. Has useable fertility, pollen and seed.

This is the earliest opening double flower peony we have introduced. And, for hybridists, its parents, both presumed tetraploid, are two of our easiest seed producers of interspecies hybrids lineage, the cross being ('Salmon Dream' x 'Pink Vanguard'). Both parents are excellent garden ornamentals as well. We consider this peony to be the forerunner of a growing list of earlier opening doubled flower cultivars. In our 2008 flowering season, 'Kathy's Touch' flowered with 'Pink Vanguard' and ahead of nearby 'Red Charm' plants by five days. We expect the difference in timing will be as much or more in cooler climate regimes.

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