Year Registered: 1942
Breeder/registrant: Saunders, A. P.
Parentage: Lactiflora cvr. x lobata
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society
Herbaceous hybrid. Semi-Double. Lacti x lobata. Deep creamy pink.
Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) description: ‘Lovely Rose’ (Saunders, 1942) Herbaceous Hybrid, Early – 26? (short and wide) — Strong scent (disagreeable to some). A truly beautiful, warm, creamy salmon pink semi-double with fluted, upright petals and a yell ow boss center of stamens. Blooms are proportionally large, flowering easily on immature plants. Stout, stiff stems 1) stand extremely well, remaining tall and straight in all day rainstorms; and, 2) present blooms to advantage, setting them close to the foliage. Leaves are medium green and hold well through the summer when soil is kept evenly moist. ‘Lovely Rose’s’ rare habit of a crown that branches instead of forming a large easily divisible crown of many eyes and attendant roots, speaks not only to why it falls apart when divided, but also to why it forms a fairly wide plant. Reputedly possessing great vigor, it grows well in the South, though increase is slow. Best propagated by adventitious roots grown to standard.