Year Registered: before 1948
Breeder/registrant: ex Holland
Parentage: Festiva Maxima x Mme. Edouard Doriat
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society
(ex Holland, before 1953) Double – Blush – Early. This beautiful variety is the result of a crossing between Festiva Maxima and Mme. Edouard Doriat, 20 yrs. ago. This variety flowers a week before the well known early flowering variety, Festiva Maxima. The color is a beautiful light rose which changes into white, exceptionally large in size, 8″ in diameter. An outstanding variety as a cut flower for its firm stems and early flowering period. Smirnow ad, Bulletin 129.
From the Dutch peony testing series in 1998(1), own translation:
‘Shirley Temple’ (Smirnow, USA, before 1948) (P. ‘Festiva Maxima’ x P. ‘Madame Edouard Doriat’) Flowers soft pink, fading to white, flower size 20 cm, double, early (a week earlier compared to ‘Festiva Maxima’); leaves large, shining satiny green; height 80 cm; stems both thick and thin (variable); number of stems good. This cultivar has a unique colour and is most wanted. It is a good garden plant and also a muche requested cutflower. At the auction ‘Shirley Temple’ has a top 5 place, despite the fact that the buds are less attractive. Vase life is excellent, some 10-17 days. It turns out there is some susceptibility towards botrytis, which corresponds well with growers experiences.
- Kortmann, J. “Paeonia: pioen.” In: Dendroflora, 1998, vol 35, pp 58-95.