Group: Herbaceous Hybrid
Year Registered: 1981
Breeder/registrant: Cousins/Klehm, R.G.
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society
Double hybrid; parentage unknown; first bloomed 1968. Salmon with some etched petaloids, double rose type, no stamens, pollen, or seeds; fragrant, average amount of bloom, good stem strength, 36-inch height EM. Salmon coral blooms with most unusual attractive, golden-etched internal petaloids, fully double blooms, reliable performer. Seedling # 72-5.
Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) description: ‘Etched Salmon’ (Cousins / Klehm, R.G., 1981) Herbaceous Hybrid, Early midseason (with the opening of the earliest lactiflora doubles), 32–36″ — A medium-sized, symmetrical, double pink flower composed of 1) a large center mass of layered salmon pink petals with; 2) a collar of shorter, strap-like petaloids, delicately edged in yellow, surrounded by; 3) two rows of larger cupped guard petals. A few yellow-edged petals may intersperse through the center. No stamens are present; partially transformed carpels produce no seed. Light scent. Blooms are one to a stem. Stems are strong with outer stems incurving slightly to produce a sturdy, upright, durable bush with blooms sitting a few inches above the foliage. In bloom, ‘Etched Salmon’ stands exceptionally well for a double. With age, the bloom’s exposed surfaces lighten to ghost white while its innermost reaches retain their salmon color to pleasing garden effect. Plant bearing is complementary to a formal setting or specimen planting. Blooms drain well, though in some seasons petal edges are susceptible to turning brown, with damage due possibly to water or botrytis. In either case, moisture is present, either from rain events or periods of sustained high humidity. Plant is slow to increase. APS Exhibition Best in Show 1990