Monsieur Jules Elie
Year Registered: 1888
Double – Pink – Early. Tall. Moderate fragrance. Very large. Light rose-pink of the dull-opaque quality seen in pink chrysanthemums; broad, smooth guard petals; center incurved and silvered with light grayish pink. Very free-flowering; stems lax and loose. Foliage light green. One of the most popular of all peonies. Its stems are bad for garden use, but it is most effective when cut. M.
From the Dutch peony testing series in 1998(1), own translation:
‘Monsieur Jules Elie’ (Mister Jules Elie) (Crousse, France, 1888). Flowers pink, on the outside paler, double, early; leaves mid large, regular of shape, pale green; height 90 cm, stems good to mediocre (usually somewhat too thin); number of stems mediocre to good. This cultivar which is by now 100 years old is imporant as a cutflower. In 1996 this cultivar took seventh place at the Aalsmeer auction, despite its only mediocre stem strength. This cultivar has also shown some susceptibility towards botrytis, although it should be noted that this disease appears less frequently on heavier soils. The plant can also be infested with root knot nematodes. This cultivar cannot be recommended as a garden plant.
- Kortmann, J. “Paeonia: pioen.” In: Dendroflora, 1998, vol 35, pp 58-95.