Leda, tree peony - Moutan & lutea strains
([In Greek mythology, Leda was the ]Queen of Sparta, mother of Castor and Pollux) (D-308), Nassos Daphnis, Oct. 17.1977. First bloomed 1974. Parentage. Generation - BC-3; J-11 (Kokamon) x BC-2. Pink with red streaks going through each petal. Single. Two rows of petals, well formed and rounded. The flower is very big, like any Moutan. Opens fully and exposes its center well. Flares are dark, which gives it a mysterious feeling. Strain: ¾ Moutan, ¼ Lutea. Has pollen and seeds. Fragrant. Good stem strength. Reliable. Good substance. Strong foliage.
My notes. The flower form is variously described as single, semi-double, and even double. It has more than one row of petals, but the filaments of the stamens haven’t been transformed into stamenoids or petaloids. The flower produces pollen and seeds, which argues against a conventional double form. Other descriptions say the flowers are camellia-like.
Note also that the cultivar is a hybrid which crosses Moutan and lutea strains.
Warning June 2016: A search of the MBGNA peony database lists a peony with the name ‘Leda’, and provides a summary of observations for an heirloom herbaceous peony that dates back at least to 1918, and is mostly white. However, the link to a peony of the name ‘Leda’ takes you to a page which repeats this same obsolete data, but which has additional data that describes the tree peony (pink with red streaks) which is present in the collection as of 2016 (acquired 2013). It is very confusing.
Plant label: Leda, tree peony (Moutan / lutea cross)
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