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Golden Monika

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Golden Monika

Received September 6, 2021. Seedling B-1. Parentage: ‘Bartzella’ x ‘Lemon Chiffon’. First bloomed 2019, first propagated 2020. SINGLE with 3 rows of petals, 1 bloom per stem, 6 inches (15 cm) in size, up-facing presentation. Color is golden yellow, almost as deep as in ‘Bartzella’, slightly fading with age. Guard petals rounded and cupped, up to 3 inches (7« cm) wide. Filaments up to 1 inch (2« cm), cream, pollen bearing anthers ? inch (8 mm), yellow. 3-4 carpels, pale green, tomentose, stigmas of normal anatomy, pink. Sheath is missing or incomplete, white when present. The scent is reminiscent of Paeonia lutea as also noted in ‘Bartzella’. Late midseason bloom, slightly ahead of ‘Bartzella’. No pod fertility observed to date of registration but the pollen has proven surprisingly active on tetraploid herbaceous hybrids. The phenotype of this plant is between intersectional peonies of the first generation (Itohs) and herbaceous hybrids. Neither roots nor stems are lignified, but the leaves clearly indicate tree peony heritage. Foliage copper on emergence from ground, maturing to deep green, medium wide, pointed. Upright growth to 27 inches (70 cm), support not needed. A nice, compact plant with unusual leaves and flowers and, possibly, promising breeding potential. Named for the originator’s wife.

Reference: 2021-DIR:54