Bethie

Group: Herbaceous Hybrid

Year Registered: 2019

Breeder/registrant: Hollingsworth, Don

Parentage: Sugar 'n Spice x Pink Vanguard

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

Seedling No. 3180. Parentage: ‘Sugar ‘n Spice’ x ‘Pink Vanguard’. SEMI-DOUBLE lighter pink blossoms open Early Midseason, in the third week of peony flowering. Flower size to 6 inches (15 cm). Three to four rows of large, pink guard petals surround a band of smaller inner petals, which grade smaller inward to a remnant of stamens and centered by a pair of red tipped carpels. The color is most saturated in the depths of the flower and lightens outward to tips of the rounded guard petals. Average of 2 carpels, green, very hairy. Stigmas red, normal. Pollen-bearing stamens, filaments yellow. One flower per stem is presented a few inches above the strong bush on sturdy, erect stems of medium height (to 34 inches (86 cm)), and clothed in yellow green foliage. Leaflets remain green well into summer, being somewhat resistant to leaf spot fungi and quite resistant to peony mildew. —Don Hollingsworth – “The plant is a strong grower in our Midwest climate. This new cultivar is promising as a breeder plant, being both pollen and seed fertile, carrying the multipetally and progressive transformation of stamens traits, both being a part of the complex genome which enables the widely sought full Double flower form in peonies. The name honors my granddaughter, Elizabeth.”

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