Year Registered: 1944
Breeder/registrant: Saunders, A. P. / Smetana
Parentage: tenuifolia x Lactiflora cvr.
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society
Hybrid, herbaceous single. Parentage tenuifolia x unknown. First bloomed, unknown. Deep red single, flat form, stamens gold, reliable, good substance, stigmas red, strong, 24″ stems, very hardy, early bloom, fine cut, bright deep green foliage, good branching. Bloom is 5″ in diameter, petals 2.5″ wide. This plant may have been known as Zelda in the Goldsmith collection, as it was labeled Zelda in the field. Introduced by Hollingsworth/Smetana, July 25, 1994. Colored slide filed. Seedling # Saunders 8277
Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) description: ‘Merry Mayshine’ (Saunders / Hollingsworth / Smetana, 1994) Herbaceous Hybrid, Early, 28? — Bright, deep crimson single, up to six inches across with yellow centers set above full, dark green, deeply cut, fern-l eaf foliage; P. tenuifolia heritage. Innermost petals are watermarked on their backsides. Blooms face upward and are reflexive, closing on overcast days. Stems are erect, a rare posture for fern leaf hybrids. Excellent candidate for a unique low spring hedge, if planted close together where foliage readily blends and masks individual plant’s outline. Although foliage is down to the ground, lowest leaflets are in shadow. Foliage reputedly durable if supplied with adequate moisture after blooming. Vigorous, growing well in southern climes where some P. tenuifolia hybrids fail. Establishes itself quickly; prolific increase. Suitable for landscape use only.