The bomb double flower opens in rich red purple, a color suggestive of ripe raspberries. The pigment is brilliant and clean throughout, eventually paling lighter in the sun. The color is more pronounced and longer lasting in cool spring weather. The ball center rises above the saucer of the broad guard petals. A noticeable collar of slightly paler petalodes bonds the ball to the saucer. The bloom is well furnished with petals, making a substantial, nicely shaped flower. One large flower and several side buds are born on a straight stem. This Lactiflora group peony has an above average plant habit. It is vigorous and increases well, forming a large clump within a few years of planting. It is a dependable bloomer with ample color on a substantial, medium height bush. Stiff, erect stems bare the flower near the foliage but arch with rain in the opened flower. The bush keeps its form quite well but benefits from light support. Emerging, young shoots are deep purple, the color gradually turning green with the prevailing seasonal temperature change. The mature stem is well covered in deep green foliage. The leaflets are of (bot. lat. oblongus) oblong shape and pointed. The leaves are of good quality and last for the entire growing season. The stems are just long enough for cutting, furnishing attractive stems for the vase. This late midseason flowering variety boasts a notably combination of favorable attributes, making it an excellent choice for the cut flower garden and deserving of a front row spot in the sunny border.
Awards, Best Use & Distinctions
Best Landscaper®; Our Own Peonies; rare variety; general garden and landscape use; perennial border; 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, Attn: Justin Peter Goldberg, Esq., P.O. Box 233, Maryville, MO 64468.