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Maryville, MO 64468

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Nelda's Joy

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Best Landscaper® 'Nelda's Joy'
Origin.: (Hollingsworth, 2012)
Group: Herbaceous Hybrid
Bloom period: Early
Bloom week: 2 & 3
Flower form: Double
Height: Medium
USDA Zone: 3 to 7
Item number: 3047


The semi-double flower opens shell pink to peach shades, with a full double appearance on mature specimens. The color is most intense toward the center of the flower and the initial bright peach shade at the base of the petals diminishing gradually outward to the edges. The flower eventually fades in the sun to lighter shades by the time the petals drop. The color is more intense and lasts longer in a cool spring. The well-rounded guard petals are broad while the inner segments grade narrower, their ends are lightly serrate to laciniate, suggesting a downy quality. A narrow band of normal, pollen-bearing stamens encircle the inner flower which are obscured in the fully formed double flower. It is a nicely tailored, large flower with good substance, and both the flower type and color are still rare in early opening peonies. The bush boasts an above average plant habit. The growth is vigorous, and the rate of stem multiplication is excellent, growing a large clump within a few years after planting. It produces ample color on a medium height bush. One fragrant flower per stem is borne close enough to the foliage for a well-proportioned presentation. The bush is fully covered with foliage, the color a rich bluish-green. Leaflets are broad, keeled and the ends pointed. The durable foliage is healthy and remains attractive for most of the growing season. The stems are self-supporting, staking is typically not required under normal growing conditions and are just long enough for cutting. This variety yields fine stems for the vase and is an outstanding choice for the cut flower garden and worthy of a focal point in the mixed perennial border.

Awards, Best Use & Distinctions
Best Landscaper®; APS Seedling Certificate of Merit, 2011; Our Own Peonies; fragrant; novelty 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.


Parentage: 'Salmon Dream' x 'Pink Vanguard'. The parentage suggests 'Nelda's Joy' is tetraploid, but the breeding potential not yet tested. Named for Lucas Hudson's centenarian grandmother, Nelda Roth. Luke was Hollingsworth Nursery's Production Manager. It is an excellent garden variety.

APS Seedling Certificate of Merit, 2011.

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