The large double flower opens in a deep ruby red color. The pigments are intense and clean throughout the flower. The color is quite durable, the petals pale to rose-red shades in the sun and eventually fade to a rose color when petals drop. Broad outer petals surround layers of smaller segments, the inner petals are ruffled and notched. The petal segments grade narrower toward a center that is accented by yellow staminodes. These staminodal segments occur near the middle, otherwise their number and position are random, and different for each bloom. The flower is well furnished with petals, obscuring the pale carpels with white stigmas in its center. It is an attractive flower that is of notable substance and of high silhouette, nearly ball shape. The plant is a strong grower in our Midwest climate and has a very satisfying plant habit. It increases well and forms a sizable clump within a few years of planting. The plant is vigorous and dependable with ample color on a medium height bush. One flower per stem is presented near the foliage imparting a trim and neat presentation. The bush holds its form well against rain events and the thick stems remain erect. The flowering stems are self-supporting and do not require support under normal growing conditions. The plant is densely clothed in deep green foliage. Leaflets are broad and pointed, growing quite large near the base of the stem. The leaves are of good quality and healthy and remain green well into summer in NW Missouri. This unique peony draws attention from afar, a true eye-catcher and a fabulous addition to the sunny border.
Awards, Best Use & Distinctions
Best Landscaper®; Our Own Peonies; 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.
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