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Lagodekhi Sunrise

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Lagodekhi Sunrise
Hans-Guenter Maschke
Species Selection

Received March 24, 2020. Seedling MLO-3. Grown from commercial seed labeled “Paeonia mlokosewitschii”. MLO-3 was the sole plant in its batch with flowers not cream or yellow, but otherwise it fits well with the current conception of P. mlokosewitschii, or alternatively P. daurica subsp. mlokosewitschii, according to which authority you subscribe. First bloomed 2013, first propagated 2014. Flowers typical of P. mlokosewitschii except for coloring, borne 1 to a stem, 3½ inches (9cm) wide, not fragrant. Guard petals 2 inches (5 cm) wide, rounded, cupped. Color on opening is a dusty, slightly bluish light red, bordered and partly suffused with yellow. Subsequently, the reddish hue retreats to a red veining and the light yellow color predominates towards the end of blooming. Carpels number 2-3, white, densely tomentose. Stigmas pale pink. Disc poorly developed, white. Filaments ? inch (10 mm) long, lilac at base, white towards tips. Anthers yellow, 1/5 inch (5mm). Blooms very early, together with P. mlokosewitschii. Presumed diploid, ample pollen and seeds, as fertile as any P. mlokosewitschii. Plant shape and size are typical of P. mlokosewitschii but on the compact side. No mechanical support needed. Height 18 inches (45 cm). Broad, moderately pointed leaflets. Emerging foliage copper. Named after the Lagodekhi Nature Reserve in the Republic of Georgia where plants called P. mlokosewitschii are flowering in a range of different colors.

Reference: 2020-DIR:59