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Qingyu Zhang, Weike Wang, Zhangzhen Bai

Parentage unknown. First bloom date unknown, first propagated 2022. Late-season blooming DOUBLE flowers are red-purple (RHS 67C) blended with a strong purplish-red (71B), 15cm (6″) in diameter, upward facing, and average one per stem. Dark purple (N79B) flares with blurred edges emerge from flower centers and transcend approximately 40% of total petal length. Guard petals are flat, notched, and are typically 4cm (1.6″) in width. Fragrance noted. Flowers possess on average five moderately hairy, pale greenish-yellow (160C) carpels with vivid purplish-red (10C) stigmas of normal anatomy. Stamens are more than 2cm (0.75″) in length, with reddish-purple filaments (72C) that turn very pale purple (75D) at the tips. Sheath is complete, and reddish-purple in color (67B). Produces pollen, though seed fertility has not been noted. Plants reach 160 (63″) at maturity, and carry broadly-cut, green foliage. Growth habit is upright; mechanical support is unnecessary. Name derived from the Tang Dynasty poet Xue Tao’s “Peony”: “When the last spring falls in the twilight of spring, the red paper is wet with tears and complains about parting.” In the Northern Song Dynasty, Ouyang Xiu wrote: “The red paper is written with the intention of not exhausting the meaning of lovesickness” The colorful red peonies in the morning dew have been transformed into lovers who have been reunited for a long time, and even if the red paper is filled with sweet words, it is still difficult to express the feelings of lovesickness.

Reference: 2023-DIR:XX