Aquarius

Group: Lutea Hybrid

Year Registered: 2019

Breeder/registrant: Bremer, Nate

Parentage: Theresa Ann x Autumn Harvest

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

Seedling No. NB32. Parentage: ‘Theresa Ann’ x ‘Autumn Harvest’. Advanced generation lutea hybrid. First bloomed 2008, first propagated 2010. Certificate of Merit at APS 2016 Exhibition. Heavy full DOUBLE of rose/yellow/cream/peach blends, the color resulting from a cream-colored base overlain with varying amounts of pink. Flower size 6½ inches (16½ cm), 3 blooms per stem. Wide outer guard petals (2½ inches in width (6 cm)), with inner petals smaller and notched, but highly ruffled and twisted, thus giving fullness to the flower. Short red flares are obscured in the depths of the flower. Average of 3-5 carpels, light green, and sparsely hairy. Stigmas pink with normal anatomy. Pollen-bearing stamens with filaments red at the base, yellow at the ends. Sheath is light red. Fertile both ways, but pollen more reliably so. Deep green foliage, leaves wide and deeply cut, with slight red coloration on the upper surface of the petioles. Plants have upright growth habit, height to 36 inches in Wisconsin (92 cm), but may lose stems in cold winters. These readily regrow from ground shoots. Flower are displayed outward and somewhat downward under the weight of the large flowers. Flowers have an unusual strong citrus fragrance, which makes them ideal as cut flowers for floating in a bowl of water and filling a room with their aroma. The chosen name “Aquarius” is meant to suggest this use of the flower. It is a constellation of the zodiac whose name is Latin for “water-carrier” or “cup-carrier.”

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