Peony Registry

Cultivar
Charon
Originator
Bremer
Group
Lutea Hybrid
Date
2017

Seedling #NB42. Parentage: Seidl #46 x Seidl #58. Pedigree: [Seidl #46 is Reath A-197 x ‘Chinese Dragon’]; [Seidl #58 is Seidl #11 x ‘Zephyrus’; and Seidl #11 is Daphnis #223 x ‘Chinese Dragon’]. First bloomed 2008, propagated since 2012. Advanced generation lutea hybrid. SINGLE. One flower per stem, seldom a side-bud. Flower size to 6 inches (15 cm). Petals wave in and out on this rather dark and sinister flower. Very dark purple with nearly black flares. Filaments are nearly black providing stark contrast with the yellow anthers. Typically 5 carpels; pink stigmas. Prominent purple sheath. Pollen fertile, seed is more difficult. Foliage is deep blue-green, wide and dense. Stems are often winter killed in Wisconsin, but are quickly replaced by vigorous basal growth. Named for the ferryman of Greek Mythology. Charon of Hades carried souls of the newly deceased across the river Styx.

Reference: 2017-381:13