Lutea Hybrid Tree Peony (Paeonia 'Hesperus') in the Peonies Database

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Data specific to Peonies (Edit)
Originator/Registrant: A. P. Saunders
Year of Registration or Introduction: 1948
Cultivar Group (Type): Lutea Hybrid Tree Peony
Flower Form: Single
Flower Color: Pink
Flower color description: Generally reddish but with yellow undertone, single to double. Single old rose pink with yellow undertones and deep pink veins. Petals crinkled and notched. A radiance of color. Purple flares.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Various insects

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Location: In the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint LouisDate: June, 2004Lutea Hybrid Tree Peony (Paeonia 'Hesperus') 001
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Location: In the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint LouisDate: June, 2004Lutea Hybrid Tree Peony (Paeonia 'Hesperus') 002
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Location: In the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint LouisDate: June, 2004Lutea Hybrid Tree Peony (Paeonia 'Hesperus') 003
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Photo Courtesy of Nate Bremer at Solaris Farms. Used with Permiss
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Date: 2007-05-07Courtesy Peony Paradise
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Comments:
Posted by jathton (Oklahoma City, OK) on Oct 27, 2019 5:47 PM

I was walking the grounds of my favorite botanic garden on a beautiful spring morning in 2004 when I turned a corner and stopped dead in my tracks. Ten feet in front of me, backed up by a dark evergreen Holly hedge, was a mature specimen of Paeonia 'Hesperus' in full bloom.The sun was still low in the sky and the light had that magical quality the early morning permits... and it illuminated the enormous blooms from behind.
I have always had a soft spot for Peonies... waiting for the buds to finally open is a great exercise in patience... enjoying their beauty and fragrance for the short time they are fully opened is, for me, a time of pure pleasure... and watching them slowly fade is akin to a mourning period. Yes, I know that sounds melodramatic... but it is accurate.
Seeing 'Hesperus' in full bloom, however, made me feel I had never really seen a Peony before.
The blooms were enormous... and each petal, glowing in that early morning light, looked as though it had been cut from crepe paper or exceptionally sheer silk.
All these years later I still have trouble understanding why I only photographed one bloom. It must have seemed, at the time, that one bloom summed up the entire plant... that an image of the all the blooms would have somehow detracted from the beauty of each bloom.
I'm still trying, fifteen years later, to find a source for this Peony... and I'm beginning to wonder if I ever will. I know, however, I'll keep looking.

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Posted by jathton (Oklahoma City, OK) on Dec 30, 2019 7:30 PM

It has been 15.5 years since I first saw this Peony and I have been looking for it ever since.
I'm delighted to say I found a source just before Christmas.
It will be fall of 2020 before he can ship my plant... but at least I have a plant to look forward to instead of more searching.

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