Seedling number 6-21-2-201-7. Parentage not given. First bloomed 2011, first propagated 2012. Early blooming SEMI-DOUBLE to DOUBLE flowers are red, 15cm (6”) in diameter, upward facing, and average one per stem. Guard petals are frilled. Flowers possess on average three moderately hairy, green carpels with dark-pink stigmas of normal anatomy. Stamens are more than 2cm (0.75”) in length. Filaments yellow. Fertile both ways. Plants reach 80cm (31.5”) at maturity, and carry broad-pointed, green foliage with undertones of purple. Foliage at time of emergence is reddish purple. Growth habit is upright; mechanical support is unnecessary. Presents good potential for cut-flower production. Named for the Pretorian Guard (Latin: cohortes praetoriae), an elite unit of the Imperial Roman army whose members served as personal bodyguards and intelligence officers for Roman emperors.
Joshua Scholten, Peony Shop Holland