Pink Hawaiian Coral
Year Registered: 1981
Breeder/registrant: Klehm, R. G.
Parentage: Charlie's White x officinalis Otto Froebel
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society
semi-double hybrid; parentage, Charlie’s White x Otto Frobel; first bloomed 1972. Pink coral, semi-double, good substance, stamens, pollen, fragrant, no seeds, good amount of bloom; 36-inch height, early, good foliage, excellent stem strength. Cupped and rounded double and triple row of guard petals holding an attractive coral and pinkish array of petals. The semi-double blooms are especially becoming with their golden stamens. Seedling # F7
Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) description: ‘Pink Hawaiian Coral’ (Klehm, R.G., 1981) Herbaceous Hybrid, Early, 36? — A large, rose-form, semi-double with layers of translucent coral petals, blended creamier with a yellow influence at their bases. Prominent feathered watermarks appear on the backside of outermost petals. Centers can be nearly full of petals, with harmonious accents of yellow (stamens), cream (carpels) and pink (stigmata) poking through, or in full evidence. Flowers bloom in relative unison and are evenly spaced, one per stem. Stems are strong and well foliated along their length to just beneath the flower bud. Depending on the incidence of light, blooms can appear sizzling hot or lit from within. Blooms are attractive as they fade, remaining shapely and exhibiting delicate pastel tints. It’s one of the first peonies to emerge from the ground, with less than month old shoots and buds able to survive severe drops in temperature. It is among the first of the coral hybrids to bloom. Post bloom stems and foliage are susceptible to heat and water stress; early die back to the crown is normal. Vigorous—establishes itself quickly, with a six year-old plant possessing 30 stems. Propagates readily by division and adventitious roots. 2000 Gold Medalist