Alexander Fleming

Group: Lactiflora

Year Registered: before 1950

Breeder/registrant: Blonk

Parentage: Bunker Hill x Sarah Bernhardt

Registration description:
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society

Double – Pink. Sweetly scented. This variety is the result of a cross between Bunker Hill and Sarah Bernhardt. Strong stalks, large solferino-rose flowers.

From the Dutch peony testing series in 1998(1), own translation:
‘Alexander Fleming’ (synonym: Dr. Alexander Fleming) (Blonk, Netherlands, before 1950) (P. ‘Bunker Hill’ x P. ‘Sarah Bernhardt’). Flowers deep salmon pink, double, weak sweet fragrance, mid early; leaves pale brown with green base; height 100 cm; flower and stem thick and sturdy; number of stems reasonable to good. This cross is one of the best in the assortment. As a cutflower it takes an important place mostly thanks to the sturdiness of the stems. Vase life is some 5 to 8 days, which is good. Unfortunately it appears to be somewhat susceptible to botrytis.

Footnotes:
  1. Kortmann, J. “Paeonia: pioen.” In: Dendroflora, 1998, vol 35, pp 58-95.[]

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