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Data specific to Peonies (Edit)
Originator/Registrant: Saunders
Year of Registration or Introduction: 1949
Cultivar Group (Type): Herbaceous Hybrid
Season of bloom: Very Early (week 1)
Early (week 2)
Flower Color: White
Flower color description: Creamy buff. Ivory-white to apricot-yellow with prominently present lavender flares at the base of the flower petals. No sidebuds.
Flower size: Medium

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches (60-90 cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Various insects
Parentage: P. lactiflora X ((P. macrophylla x P. mlokosewitschii) x P. officinalis)


Posted by frankrichards16 (Clinton, Michigan - Zone 5b) on Mar 24, 2018 9:37 AM

Paeonia 'Athena' (Saunders, 1949) is an extra early blooming quadruple hybrid, a hybrid composed of four different peony species: lactiflora, officinalis, macrophylla and mlokosewitschi.  An ivory-white single with raspberry flares. Gold stamens and bright green carpels with rosy pink tips. No sidebuds. Professor A.P. Saunders (1869-1953) is commonly known as the father of inter-species herbaceous hybrid peonies. He introduced around 300 hybrid peonies with the median distribution occurring in 1941.

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