White Cap

Group: Lactiflora

Year Registered: 1956

Breeder/registrant: Winchell

Parentage: x

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

Anemone Jap. Midseason. Parentage not given. Guards dark pink, almost red. Petalodes cream fading white. Tall, stiff stems, dark green foliage. Seedling # J-3-CJ

Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) description: ‘White Cap’ (Winchell, 1956) Lactiflora Group, Mid-season, 32? (When given a preferred location with filtered afternoon shade, it can grow four inches taller with no discernible legginess or diminishing of blooms.) — Strong sweet fragrance. Anemone form, dark raspberry red, guard petals surround a center of ivory-colored staminodes washed and tinted pale pink, that after a day in the sun, lighten to white—a singular and desirable color combination. Stiff stems hold medium-sized flowers high above a plant that at maturity produces two dozen, widely spaced stems. With many secondary buds, ‘White Cap’ is floriferous and can be especially dazzling when planted en masse. Although they can distort and misshape primary blooms, disbudding these secondary buds makes for a briefer and less spectacular display and is not recommended. Good for southern gardens, growing well as far south as Birmingham, Alabama. Leaflets of post bloom plants may deteriorate sooner than other lactifloras. Underground it develops multi-eyed crowns branching from a single root/trunk that are easier and more productive to divide when plants are five years old, or more. 1991 Gold Medalist


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