Peony Registry

Cultivar
Nikita
Originator
Ruud Warmerdam
Group
Herb. Hybrid
Date
2021
Country
Netherlands

Received December 1, 2020. Originated as an anomaly found in 2011 on a plant of ‘Lorelei’ (Hollingsworth, 1996). The affected portion was separated in 2011 and the mutation has since proven stable through four propagation cycles, as well as in a mature plant growing in a display garden. Midseason bloom period. Medium-sized BOMB flower form, in almost all respects similar to ‘Lorelei’. One flower per stem, opening pale yellow with a peachy-pink hue, more prominently so on the guard petals. The pinkish hue fades as the flower matures, lingering longest on the guard petals. Average of 4 carpels, light green, moderately hairy. Stigmas pink with normal anatomy. No fertility observed. Stamens absent. Staminodal disc obscure. Emerging foliage is burgundy-red, flower buds already visible. Early foliage yellowish-green, edged reddish, veins well-defined, stems burgundy. Foliage matures to dark green with stems paler. Upright growth to 34 inches (85 cm). Named for daughter Nikita who was born a few days after first discovery of this mutation. As she got older it turned out she loved the color combinations in the flowers very much and insisted that it be registered in her name. Obviously, impossible to decline.

Reference: 2021-Pending