Romantic Elegance

Group: Herbaceous Hybrid

Year Registered: not yet

Breeder/registrant: Kornder, Tim / Buchite, Harvey

Parentage: x

Registration description:
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society

From Hidden Springs Flower Farm website 2018 offering: A compact growing pink semi-double hybrid blooming a week before 1, own translation:<br /> '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.</p> <p> </p> </div>" href="">Red Charm when very few other semi-double hybrids are blooming. The soft cameo pink blooms are held on strong 24” stems and the disease resistant foliage lasts well into the growing season. The flowers are very cold tolerant and will open while other peonies may show bud damage or fail to bloom at the same low temperatures. The form of the flower during very cold bloom years is more cupped and appealing to many visitors. During warmer bloom seasons the flowers will be more open. The bright rose colored stigmas add interest to the bloom. This was a seedling received from our friend Tim Kornder’s fields, grown and evaluated for several years at Hidden Springs Flower Farm and one of the most requested and commented on seedlings out of the several hundred varieties that we grow. This is the very first release of this variety and we hope people will enjoy growing it in their gardens for many years to come.


  1. Kortmann, J. "Paeonia: pioen." In: <em>Dendroflora</em>, 1998, vol 35, pp 58-95.[]


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