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Qingyu Zhang, Zuolei Qi, Qianqian Shi

Parentage unknown. First bloom date unknown, first propagated 2022. Late-season blooming DOUBLE flowers are red-purple (RHS NN78B), 14cm (5.5″) in diameter, upward facing, and average one per stem. Dark purple (N79A) flares with blurred edges emerge from flower centers and transcend approximately 29% of total petal length. Guard petals are flat, notched, and are typically 6.8cm (2.7″) in width. Fragrance noted. Flowers possess on average five moderately hairy, pale-yellow (158A) carpels with light greenish-yellow (3D) stigmas of normal anatomy. Stamens are fully transformed into petallodes, spatulate in shape, and identical in color to outer petallage. Sheath is complete, and light greenish-yellow in color (3D). No fertility noted. Plants reach 152 (60″) at maturity, and carry broadly-cut, green foliage. Growth habit is upright; mechanical support is unnecessary. Name derived from the Song Dynasty poet Yang Wanli’s “Bathing Sun Pavillion at the East Temple of the South Sea”: “It is most loved that the red waves boil at the fifth night, and the purplish haze opens up in a sudden blow for ten thousand miles.” This peony blossom is full of red color, with the stunning appearance of purple haze falling from the nine heavens to the mortal world.

Reference: 2023-DIR:XX