Mary Pratte

Group: HH

Year Registered: 2006

Breeder/registrant: Ménard / D’Aoust

Parentage: unknown x unknown

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

HERBACEOUS HYBRID. Seedling number 93-01MM-6-1. An advanced generation hybrid, but exact parentage unknown. First bloomed prior to 1997. First year propagated, 1998. SINGLE. Flowers mid pink, 6 inches (15 cm). Sturdy upright plant to 36 inches (90 cm) in height, with dense, glossy, clear green foliage. The pretty, cup shaped flowers are held close to the foliage. Despite only occasional side buds the plant is very floriferous with the flowers being very resistant to fading and damage caused by inclement weather. Excellent petal substance. Carpels less than four on average, pale green, moderately hairy. Stigmas same colour as the petals. Fertile. 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="">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. Chosen to be named after the third president of the Canadian Peony Society, by her family, to celebrate her passion for peonies and to mark a significant birthday. A donation was made to the SPCA Montérégie, Québec, for the privilege of naming this peony.

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


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