Peony Registry

Jianrang Luo, Zuolei Qi, Daoyang Sun

Parentage unknown. First bloom date unknown, first propagated 2022. Late-season blooming DOUBLE flowers are red-purple (RHS N78A), 15cm (6″) in diameter, upward facing, and average one per stem. Purple (N79B) flares with blurred edges emerge from flower centers and transcend approximately 31% of total petal length. Guard petals are flat, notched, and are typically 4.4cm (1.75″) in width. Fragrance noted. Flowers possess on average five moderately hairy, pale-yellowish green (4D) carpels with red (55B) stigmas of normal anatomy. Stamens are entirely transformed to petalodes, oblanceolate in shape, and identical in color to outer petallage. Sheath is partial, and red in color (55B). No fertility noted. Plants reach 246cm (97″) at maturity, and carry broadly-cut, green foliage. Growth habit is upright; mechanical support is unnecessary. Name derived from the Song Dynasty poet Ge Lifang’s “Title of the Eighteen Flowers of the Crouching Screen – Marshmallow”: “The sun shines at the beginning of the small nursery, and teh rain doesn’t stain the fire in the courtyard.” Additionally, the blossoms are full of purple and red, looking like the first sunshine from afar.

Reference: 2023-DIR:XX