Dark Promise

Group: HH

Year Registered: 2010

Breeder/registrant: Pehrson / Hollingsworth

Parentage: Petite Rene x Saunders 8969

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

Seedling field # 1508. Parentage: ‘Petite Rene’ x Saunders 8969 (8969 is Paeonia officinalis ‘Rosea Plena’ x P. corallina). First bloomed and first propagated before 1980. BOMB. Beet-root purple (RHS 71B-71C). Flower of medium size (5+ inches), the guard petals reflex somewhat and the rather broad petalodes grow relatively long to a high center. One flower per stem. Average of three carpels, stigmas normal. No stamens, no seeds yet found, presumed triploid, therefore minimal fertility expected. Spreading growth habit, height 26-28 inches, mechanical support needed for best display. Leaflets are distinctly rounded and cupped, of rich green color at flowering, leaf condition may decline upon onset of heat and drought, supplemental irrigation and high shade are beneficial. Blooms early to early midseason, Normally opening its flowers several days before ‘1, own translation:<br /> 'Red Charm' (Glasscock, USA, 1944) (P. lactiflora x P. officinalis) Flowers dark red, very large, double, centre filled with many deep red petaloids, surrounded by two circles of large petals; leaves rather large, dull green; upperside somewhat irregular; height 100 cm; stems rather sturdy; number of stems mediocre. This American cultivar is remarkable thanks to its magnificent colour and the enormously large flowers, which need support to remain upright, despite the plant having sturdy stems. The mediocre number of stems and the development of so called 'necks' on the roots inhibited propagation and distribution at large scale for some time. 'Red Charm' is reportedly somewhat susceptible toward botrytis, which was also noted by the review commission. It is a good garden plant, despite some negative characteristics.</p> <p> </p> </div>" href="https://www.peonysociety.eu/registered_peonies/red-charm/">Red Charm’. Upon onset of his declining health, Roy Pehrson divested himself of numerous valued peony plants. This is one of the seedlings sent to Chris Laning, who later shared divisions with others interested in peony breeding as an example of the flower doubling achievements attainable among the early flowering interspecies hybrids. The name is registered at this time in preparation for further distribution as a cultivar for its unique ornamental qualities, which process also enables preservation of its history.


Footnotes:
  1. Kortmann, J. "Paeonia: pioen." In: <em>Dendroflora</em>, 1998, vol 35, pp 58-95.[]

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