Seedling number 4-8-1. Parentage not given. First bloomed 2013, first propagated 2015. Very early blooming SEMI-DOUBLE flowers are coral pink, fading to light pink with blurred white petal edges. Flowers are 19cm (7.9”) in diameter, upward facing, and average one per stem. Guard petals are frilled, and in later stages of bloom twisted and pointed. No fragrance noted. Flowers possess on average three very hairy, green carpels with pink stigmas of normal anatomy. Stamens are between 1.25-2cm (0.5-0.75”) in length. Fertile both ways. Plants reach 76cm (30”) at maturity, and carry broadly pointed, green foliage with undertones of purple. Foliage at time of emergence is red. Growth habit is upright; mechanical support is unnecessary. Presents good potential for cut-flower production. Named for the Ninth Spanish Legion of the Imperial Roman army.
Joshua Scholten, Peony Shop Holland