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Reverse Magic
Smith, D.R.

Parentage: tree peony Age of Gold x lactiflora Martha W. First year bloomed 2000. Stamens, pollen, no seeds. 1-2 buds per stem, fragrant, midseason, Good stems 30″ height foliage good thus July, but sometimes spotted and ragged by late summer. An extremely rare reverse cross intersectional hybrid. Semi-double to double tree peony type flowers on herbaceous stems. Exquisite flowers open light yellow heavily flushed with pink, then slowly change as the flowers mature to a lovely smooth cream delicately suffused and edged with light pink. Large dark red flares highlight an attractive center containing a tight circle of yellow stamen and 3-4 pale green carpels capped with cream stigma. Large flowers up to 7″ in diameter. Average number of lateral buds. Flowers are held on strong stems well above and beyond the foliage. Plant is very hardy with stems entirely from below ground over-wintering buds. Dark green attractive foliage that becomes ragged and unattractive by late summer and this seriously detracts from its value as a landscape plant. Registered primarily for its uniqueness as a reciprocal cross hybrid and for its extremely attractive flowers. Mild pleasant fragrance. Seedling # RC 95-01.

Reference: 2002-324:38