Peonies forum: Is this a unique marking on a peony flower?

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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
Hostas Peonies Cat Lover Daylilies Garden Procrastinator Region: Minnesota
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alwaysbehindMN
Jun 4, 2017 7:45 PM CST
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Photo is of a self-seeded plant, unknown parentage, first blooms today. Click on photo for enlargement so you can see what I believe is a unique marking? This is different, I think, than the red flares that 'Festiva Maxima' has. This plant has 3 flowers open, all with the purple outline on the inner petals (stamenoids?) and 6 more buds yet to open. Maybe this marking occurs frequently and I am just not very observant?

littlebin
Jun 5, 2017 2:50 AM CST
Seems very common in "'Festiva Maxima", below are two flowers from "'Festiva Maxima'".
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Jun 5, 2017 5:16 AM CST
Hi Linda, if you had some really cold weather during bud formation it can change the shades a bit, probably what you're seeing if the coloration is different from other years. I've seen it before on a couple of my peonies and Mieko had it happen with one of her Itohs this year.
LizB
Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
Hostas Peonies Cat Lover Daylilies Garden Procrastinator Region: Minnesota
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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alwaysbehindMN
Jun 5, 2017 8:44 AM CST
littlebin said:Seems very common in "'Festiva Maxima", below are two flowers from "'Festiva Maxima'".
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I have 'Festiva Maxima' which is in full bloom and I just went out and checked every flower. They all have some splashes of color in the center, but none had the precise edging like your 2nd photo and like my seedling

littlebin
Jun 5, 2017 9:43 AM CST
I don't know why, some "Festiva Maxima" has, some don't. My 1st photo also have precise edging, but weaker than the 2nd.

alwaysbehindMN said:
I have 'Festiva Maxima' which is in full bloom and I just went out and checked every flower. They all have some splashes of color in the center, but none had the precise edging like your 2nd photo and like my seedling


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littlebin
Jun 6, 2017 1:51 AM CST
Found another cultivar having these precise edging: 'Boule de Neige' ,
Here is the link of the photo:
http://mgdelco.blogspot.com/20...

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