Group: Herbaceous Hybrid
Year Registered: 1944
Breeder/registrant: Glasscock, L. D.
Parentage: officinalis Rubra Plena x Lactiflora cvr.
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society
(officinalis rubra x lactiflora} A sensation at recent peony shows. Perfect double bomb type, rich red collar of big petals, full and sturdy plant, no stamens, rather long pale green pistils.
From the Dutch peony testing series in 1998(1), own translation:
‘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.
- Kortmann, J. “Paeonia: pioen.” In: Dendroflora, 1998, vol 35, pp 58-95.[↩]