Year Registered: 1951
Breeder/registrant: Glasscock, L. D.
Parentage: Lactiflora cvr. x officinalis Sunbeam
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society
Herbaceous hybrid single. Very early. Bed. Seedling No. 30 B 1. Parentage: albiflora x officinalis Sunbeam. Very bright red single with a little purple which gives it extra brilliance. Medium height.
Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) description: ‘Burma Ruby’ (Glasscock, 1951) Herbaceous Hybrid, Single, Early, 26?, Strong scent — Buds unfurl with bright red, fully erect petals, forming blooms reminiscent of tulips. Each day blooms open wider, with the entire mound of yellow stamens becoming visible midway through the bloom cycle. At its peak, the bush is covered in uniformly spaced flowers, all at the same level of development; an excellent presentation in the garden. Blooms are long lasting and exhibit excellent keeping qualities both in situ and on the show table. Petals are fluted and ruffled, strongly colorfast and durable. Anthers are hairline-edged red, giving the bloom a Japanese looking form. Stems are sturdy and hold blooms well above a shapely bush, with foliage to the ground. Survives late freezes that can kill the buds of hybrids that normally would bloom concurrently. No side buds. 1985 Gold Medalist