Sandra’s Spirit

Group: HH

Year Registered: 2010

Breeder/registrant: D'Aoust

Parentage: Prosperity Maud x open pollinated

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

Seedling SL4. First bloomed, and propagated, 2006. SINGLE. Parentage: ‘Prosperity Maud’ x open pollinated. An advanced generation hybrid open pollinated offspring of ‘Prosperity Maud’. The foliage is mid green with slightly purple leaf axils. The leaf margins are smooth and the leaves have sparse trichomes on the reverse. The stems are glabrous and thick. Though the plant stands without support it has a spreading or open crown. Height 70 cm (28″). The light pink flowers are neither cupped nor flat but present with the exterior petals flexed backwards as the flower ages. Petal substance is stiff and the flowers hold their colour very well over time. Two to 3 flowers per stem. Appears to resist early frost damage very well and reliably produces perfectly formed symmetrical flowers. The centre flares are discrete and are an intensifying salmon pink which gives the flowers greater visual depth. The filament ring is generous and tidy. Pollen and seeds. ‘Sandra’s Spirit’ flowers at approximately the same time as ‘(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="https://www.peonysociety.eu/registered_peonies/red-charm/">Red Charm’. Named in honour of Sandra Lawrence, an exemplary Wife, Mother and Gardener. A donation was made to Le Nichoir Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre for the privilege of naming this peony.


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