Seedling number 4-20-1. Parentage not given. First bloomed 2013, first propagated 2015. Early blooming SINGLE to SEMI-DOUBLE flowers are red, 15cm (6”) in diameter, upward facing, and average one per stem. Flowers resemble parrot-type tulip blossoms or flames. Occasional white stripes appear amid petalage. Guard petals are heavily pointed, ruffled, and frilled. No fragrance noted. Flowers possess on average three sparsely hairy, green carpels with pink stigmas of normal anatomy. Stamens are more than 2cm (0.75”) in length. Fertile both ways. Plants reach 75cm (29.5”) at maturity, and carry broad-pointed, green foliage with undertones of purple. Foliage at time of emergence is red. Growth habit is upright; mechanical support is unnecessary. A novelty subject for the garden. Named for the Roman Emperor.
Joshua Scholten, Peony Shop Holland