Year Registered: 1970
Breeder/registrant: Klehm, Carl G.
Parentage: Mons. Jules Elie x seedling # 69-J
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society
Parentage: Seed Parent: Mons Jules Elie, Pollen Parent: 69J. One main bud per stem with 2-3 auxilliary buds. Stems short strong 20-24″ Tall. Form: Compact Bornb shaped double. Seedling # 87L.
Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) description: ‘Angel Cheeks’ (Klehm, Carl G., 1970) Lactiflora Group, Pink Bomb, Mid late-season, 26″, Mild fragrance. — A modest sized, heavily petaled, cool cameo pink bomb with slightly lighter pink, cupped guard petals. Blooms are radially symmetrical with hairline red striping on the extremities of the large, topmost petals and red markings on petals that lay just beneath. A band of ivory petals at the base of the bomb are smaller and more finely cut. As blooms mature, guard petals flare outward and the bomb develops a high-built center. A yellow cast deep within the bloom becomes apparent. Blooms transfigure during the blooming cycle, yet maintain an appealing form longer than that of many other bomb types (similarly, as a cut flower ‘Angel Cheeks’ exhibits tighter, more compact blooms when cut and allowed to develop indoors). Flower size is proportionate to plant stature, although judicious watering during summer months and long, temperate, wet springs will produce much larger blooms. Sturdy stems keep flowers erect, but produce two or three side buds which can be removed for optimum display. While considered independently by two growers from the Northeast to be a most vigorous cultivar, in more southerly climes, increase is moderate, with six-year-old plants averaging 18 stems. Touted as disease resistant by its hybridizer. 2005 Gold Medalist