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Estonian Snow

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Estonian Snow
Dr Arunas Balsevicius

Seedling Number: II-8. Parentage unknown. First bloom date unknown, first propagated 2014. Mid-late season blooming SINGLE flowers are primarily white (RHS NN155C), with shades of yellow (7C) at flower center, and hints of pink over petal edges (73A / 70B). Flowers are 20cm (7.9″) in diameter, upward facing, and average two per stem. Fragrance noted. Guard petals are rounded, and average 5.2cm (2″) in width. Possesses six to seven smooth, light-green carpels with pink (59B) stigmas of normal anatomy. Stamens are 1-2cm (0.5-0.75″); filaments are yellow with yellow tips and anthers (7B to 6B). Fertile both ways. Plants reach 76cm (30″) at maturity, and carry finely-cut, green foliage. Growth habit is upright, and mechanical support is unnecessary. Cultivar was discovered in a forgotten and abandoned seedling bed at Vytautas Magnus University Botanical Garden in 2014, and it bears a resemblance to a peony known as ‘Maironis’ (O. Skeivien?), but it is not entirely white. Instead, it exhibits red-purple color tones. The name was given by a peony collector, Marika Vartla of Estonia, reflecting the country’s cold climate. Estonia is known for its chilly winters, and we chose the name to pay homage to the country’s particular environmental conditions.

Reference: 2023-DIR:XX