Looking for a TRUE coral (salmon) pink peony

summerstar(Z7VA)May 24, 2009

I'm looking for a peony that's truly a coral(salmon)pink; a single petaled variety. I've seen one at our local golf course and it's simply gorgeous, but nameless. I've searched all the peony websites, but I'd rather get verification about the color from someone who actually grows the plant. Thanks much!

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maifleur01

Here is a link to Carol Adelmans nursery in Oregon. She only has three corals on her website this year but she normally has more.

Eleanor at www.etflowers.com may have some.

Please be aware of two drawbacks on the corals.
1. They fade to a light cream or soft white
2. The root pieces can regenerate new plants, called adventisious(sp)growth. Therefore if you move them in 3-5 years you may have new coral plants come up in the original space.

A third and this may be only my nose most do not have a nice fragarance. Some to me smell like rehydrated anchovies.

Here is a link that might be useful: Adelmans peonies

    Bookmark   May 24, 2009 at 8:16PM
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summerstar(Z7VA)

Thanks for the warning. Do you know of a good substitute that's less prone to fading? Maybe a pink variety that has some coral/salmon in it. I'm in love with the peony at our golf course so I keep looking for an answer.

Makes me wonder about Coral Sunset. The description at Hollingsworth Peonies says "the color soon passes to a harmonious light beige-yellow as the flower matures. In strong sunlight it will especially display multiple colors on the same plant."

Thanks for any help.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 12:14PM
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maifleur01

I was there this Saturday and Coral Sunset was the one plant that most were drawn to. The flowers showed a wonderful fading from coral to a lighter beige. They were very upright in full sun. Send an email to Carol Adelman or Don Hollingsworth and ask about other corals/pinks.

Carol normally has more corals than Don but Don has lots of contacts and information.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 3:32PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Summerstar, I have coral charm. It fades to I think more of an apricot/yellow color but now I wish I had kept closer track of it. It does not require staking. The buds are a very beautiful, darker color. It blooms fairly early. The firt year it bloomed it was so beautiful I had to stuff my face into a flower to smell it. Maifleur is right, Oh, it smelled terrible! I don't admire it THAT closely anymore!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 8:58PM
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