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Big Jhonny

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Cultivar
Big Jhonny
Originator
Giessler
Group
Herb. Hybrid
Date
2016

Parentage uncertain, most likely ‘Garden Peace’ by unknown pollen (possibly ‘Lemon Chiffon’ by unknown pollen). First bloomed 2008, first propagated 2009. Large SEMI-DOUBLE flowers to 7½ inches (19 cm), usually 3 per stem, the secondary flowers being somewhat smaller and more variable in form. Three rows of pale pink guard petals; well rounded. Inner petals creamy-apricot; frilled and ruffled. Center of pollen-bearing stamens and pale gray-green carpels. Carpels variable in number (ranging from 2-5) and moderately hairy, having red-purple stigmas. Produces seeds. The staminodal disc, in herbaceous peonies normally a ring of protuberances at the base of the carpels, is here developed to extend about a quarter the length of the carpels, suggestive of a rudimentary sheath as seen in woody peonies where it often entirely encloses the carpels; colored red-purple, same as the stigmas. Upright self-supporting growth with stems to 30 inches (76 cm). Foliage emerges with coppery leaves turning to rich dark green as it matures. Very large, broad leaves, the mature plant much resembling ‘Garden Peace’ in leaves, stems and buds. Named for the originators’ second grandchild.

Reference: 2016-378:08