Prof. Hong Tao
Group: Suffruticosa Group
Year Registered: 2018
Breeder/registrant: Irmtraud and Gottlob Rieck
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society
Seedling SPIN 94.020. Parentage unknown. Grown from a seed received from Lanzhou University, Gansu Province of China in 1994, initially given to SPIN member Jim Waddick, USA, and then to Leo Fernig, Switzerland, before arriving in the originator’s garden. First bloomed 2010. SINGLE flower form with 2 rows of petals, 1 flower per stem, 7-8 inches in diameter (18-20 cm). Flowers are displayed well, their color garnet-red (RHS CC 45A). Black flares, with bleeding edges, extend a third the length of the petals. Petals are cupped and somewhat ruffled. Pollen bearing stamens with filaments red at the base and white at the tips. Five carpels, yellowish-green, moderately hairy, enclosed by a red sheath. Stigmas red, normal anatomy, fertile. Fragrance. Early midseason bloom period. Foliage typical of Gansu Mudan. Upright growth, somewhat spreading, height at maturity 70-79 inches (180-200 cm). To be propagated and distributed by W. Giessler, Gross-Rosenburg, Germany.