Received September 7, 2020. Parentage: Paeonia rockii x ‘Ka?’. First bloomed 2015, first propagated 2015. Mid/Late season bloom. Flower buds round. DOUBLE form reddish-purple flowers (RHS:68B), the color approaching lavender, 1 flower per stem, size 4¾ inches (12.1 cm). Flowers have darker greyish-purple pigment in their depths (RHS:187A) extending about 40% of petals’ length. Guard petals rounded, notched, width 1¼ inches (3.8 cm). Inner petals lightly ruffled, frilled. Carpels and stamens absent. Sheath absent. Fragrant. Flowers face outward. Annual branches to 6-10 inches in length (15-25 cm). Pedicels are thick and straight. Early foliage light green, matures to green. Upright plant habit, height to 37½ inches (95 cm). No mechanical support needed. Good cold and drought resistance. Named for the once prosperous ancient Chinese city of Lou Lan which suddenly disappeared in the 3rd century. Though rediscovered 100 years ago, a sense of mystery remains. It has come to symbolize mystery and continues to engender contemplation and reverie.
Nong Yuan Lou Lan
Xiuxin Zhang, Jingqi Xue, Xiuxia Ren, Rong Liu