Peonies forum→William H. Krekler (1900-2002) from Somerville, Ohio

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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May 26, 2018 4:02 PM CST
Early bloomer Peony 'Abalone Pearl'

Paeonia 'Abalone Pearl', (2-SD-PK) Hybrid Peony Hybrid Peony, (Krekler 1978), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, 5-6 in. cupped coral pink, Michigan Bloom Month 5c.

Hybrid Peony 'Abalone Pearl' (Krekler 1978). Early flesh single or semi-double, cupped flowers 5-6 inches wide that are coral-pink with a pearl tint. Golden-yellow stamens. Slightly fragrant. Scapes rise 6-7 inches above to foliage. William H. Krekler (1900-2002) from Somerville, Ohio (population ~300, located about 50 miles north of Cincinnati). A hybridizer who registered more than 400 cultivars from his breeding program, most of which were released in the 1960s and 70s. In 1977, he sold his peony breeding farm to Charles Klehm and Son Nursery. Also, at that time, a number of seedlings were purchased by other breeders.

Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
May 30, 2018 10:42 AM CST
This is my 4th year with 'Green Lotus'. Not really impressed. The bush looks good, good foliage but the flower looks like the bride of Frankinstien.

"Paeonia 'Green Lotus', 2018 photo, (3-SL-PK) lactiflora cultivar Peony, (Krekler, Roy Klehm, 1995), USDA Hardiness Zone 3, 4"" white to light line green base. An occasional petaloide shows up with the stamens., Michigan Bloom Month 5c-6, In Garden Bed S3 for 3.7 YEARS (fina). Planted in 2014.

Paeonia 'Green Lotus' (Krekler, Roy Klehm, 1995) is a herbaceous species-cultivar or a cultivar with only one herbaceous species involved (in this case Paeonia lactiflora). Single blooms tending towards semi-double. Looks somewhat like a Cactus Dahlia. At any rate, an unusual mostly white flower with pink tips. A light lime base with some lime green streaking on the pedals. Pistils are white tipped and stamens are bright yellow. In my opinion, an unusual looking flower that quickly turns ugly. In other words, the window of opportunity for a good photo closes quickly. Leaves look good in fall.

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May 30, 2018 12:18 PM CST
Many green herbaceous peony flowers are small and distorted, looks a bit unhealthy to me.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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May 31, 2018 11:18 AM CST
I've had it in my garden for four years. It was in a terrible spot (even stepped on it once it was so tiny). I moved it two falls ago and the plant is now at least 18" tall - no discernible bloom this year. I agree it is less than lovely in form, but I just loved the mixed colors at the website. Thanks for the 'fill in' Frank. Thank You!
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 31, 2018 3:44 PM CST
I agree Mary. I too love the mix of colors in this peony. The pink highlighted by the green and white produces such a lovely effect.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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Jun 2, 2018 6:22 AM CST


The cactus flowered ones seem to take a while to get a hearty clump in my garden—the last several springs have not been kind. They haven't stood up to the elements as well as their bigger flowering cousins and I haven't seen a bloom from most in a few years. I've seen enough of them over the years to think they're worthwhile, though—Raspberry Rumba and Circus Circus in my garden before i had the misguided notion to divide several years ago, Green Halo at Chotkowski Gardens, Pink Luau in a botanical garden in MI.
On a happy note, the Green Halo that has been in my garden for 7 years without a single bud finally has several this year, might actually get to see if it's really GH soon! A Green Lotus planted 2 falls ago has buds that survived that bad hail storm as well. Pink Tutti Fruitti wasn't that lucky....

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