Variegated Peony

mutantplantloverJune 12, 2008

Thought you folks might like to see the first bloom on a variegated peony I found about 7 years ago. It was labelled 'Felix Crousse' but it doesn't seem dark red enough. Anyway, it's the first bloom in 7 years, but with that foliage, who cares. Been very stable. Need to prop it.

Here is a link that might be useful:

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rian(7va)

Wow, I've never seen anything like that! Where did you get it?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2008 at 11:33AM
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alina_1

What a wonderful plant! Is it in shade (being planted with Hostas)?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2008 at 1:46PM
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mutantplantlover

Thanks. As you can hopefully tell from my user name, I'm a bit of a mutant plant nut. The more mutated, the better. Every time I visit a nursery or garden shop, I can't help but keep my eyes open for "sports" or mutants. I was visiting a local garden shop (called Frank's Nursery, now out of business) when I spotted this one peony that had one set of leaves with streaks. Over the years, I've removed the green parts, and the variegated stems increased.

I go grow it in the shade, because like most variegated plants, it is sensitive to strong light. The variegated areas tend to burn out in too much sun. That's probably why it took 7 years to bloom. But again, blooms are an afterthought on this one.

It will eventually (later in the Summer) get covered with small brown spots. I assume it's some kind of fungus. I'll try a fungicide this year to see if I can slow it down.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2008 at 4:37PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

How neat!

Will you be saving seed from the bloom? I hope...hint, hint...

Sue

    Bookmark   June 13, 2008 at 11:30PM
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vaughn8381(6b)

Stunning plant. I am also a mutation hunter (primarily variegation) and have many rare variegated plants. I'll grab anything variegated. I have several forms of variegated Epimedium, Rhododendron, Polygonatum on the more normal end. And for misfits I have variegated poison ivy and kudzu to name a few.

Would love to trade for a division of your peony. Might have a plant or two that might interest you. Drop me a line if you're interested.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 9:40PM
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fmart322(Z6SNJ)

That link lead me to a site where Norton said it was a virus infected site. Beware.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 3:30PM
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alina_1

Ditto. Dangerous site to visit.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 4:13PM
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aquawise(zone 4 Utah)

Went right to the pic for me. Wow awesome plant......

    Bookmark   June 12, 2010 at 11:19AM
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