Goerge Vorauer

Group: Lacti.

Year Registered: 2007

Breeder/registrant: Ménard / D’Aoust

Parentage: unnamed seedling of Karl Rosenfield x unknown

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

LACTIFLORA GROUP. Seedling number 88-3MM30. Pod parent: an unnamed seedling of ‘1, own translation:<br /> 'Karl Rosenfield' (Rosenfield, USA, 1908) Flowers dark carmine red with a blue purplish hue, double, mid early; leaves dark green, upperside of stems slightly brownred; height 80 cm; stems sturdy; number of stems good to very good. This much grown peony belonged to one of the most sold peonies at the Aalsmeer flower auction in 1996. Vase life is long, some 10-17 days. The flowers fade somewhat towards blue. The sturdy habitus makes this plant fit for the garden. It should be noted however, that this cultivar shows some susceptibility towards botrytis, but the good characteristics predominate so that we can review it positively.</p> </div>" href="https://www.peonysociety.eu/registered_peonies/karl-rosenfield/">Karl Rosenfield’. Pollen Parent: unknown. First bloomed prior to 1997. First year propagated, 1998. SINGLE. Flowers are dark red (RHS 59A), 4 inches (10 cm) across. The plant is very floriferous, with several flowers per stem. Slightly ruffled petals are held such as to give a flattish flower. Carpels are small, number three on average and are smooth. Stigmas are mid-pink, as is the well developed disc. Pollen bearing stamens are just over ½ inch long (15 mm), red at the base, yellow near the tip. Upright plant, tall, to 43 inches (110 cm) in height. Stems, petiole and foliage are green with a purplish cast, giving a darkness which complements the dark flower. Blooms early/midseason, about the same time as ‘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’. This cultivar is from the seedling collection of Quebec peony breeder Maurice Ménard and was selected by him for further trials before his death in 2002. Named to honour George Vorauer, a passionate peony collector and gardener who was instrumental in leading the effort to restore and expand the historic peony collection at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Canada.


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

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