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Colonel Michel de Salaberry

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Colonel Michel de Salaberry
Martinus Mooijekind
Canada, QC

Received September 7, 2020. Parentage: Grown from seeds of the Canadian Peony Society seedling exchange program, 2012, Lot 94, ‘Pride of Langport’ open pollinated. First bloomed 2018. ANEMONE flower form, pink. A thick band of well-developed petaloids, pale yellow in color, separate the guard petals from the tuft of petalodes at the center. Center petalodes lacinated and frilled, with prominent red edging giving the effect of flames. Flowers are 8 inches in size (20 cm), 1 bloom per stem. Subtle but pleasant fragrance. Mid-season flowering. Height 38-40 inches. Named at the request of friends of the city of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry (1778-1829) was born in Beauport, Lower Canada. He continued his family’s long tradition of military service, albeit in the British Army, since he was born after the dissolution of New France. He served in the Antilles, the Netherlands, Sicily, Ireland and Canada. He was already a respected veteran officer when appointed to command a new corps of volunteers in 1812, the Canadian Voltigeurs (light infantry). He served with distinction in the War of 1812, winning several decisive battles, including the Battle of Chrysler¬ís Farm, and most notably, the Battle of the Chateauguay. After the war he became a legendary folk hero in French Canada, and in 1817 he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. Charles de Salaberry is considered Canada’s most respected soldier of his time. He died in Chambly, Quebec, on February 27, 1829.

Reference: 2020-DIR:07