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Re: Peony question

I just got home and checked my file.  P. cambessedesii is the one I was
dying for.  If you have access to old Horticulture mags,  it was
highlighted in the May 2000 issue.  It is stunning:
"One of the earliest blooming is P.cambessedesii, native to the
Mediterranean.  In late March, its diminutive leaves appear, with a lovely
metallic blue gleam on the upper surface and a ruby-burnished underside. 
shortly thereafter, the single, rich-pink flowers emerge, with their
carmine marbling and large boss of golden anthers."
I wish you could see the photos.  It's depressing that it can't be grown
anywhere colder than Zone 8.


> [Original Message]
> From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 12/13/2002 1:02:34 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Peony question
> Thanks Kitty, will check into these.  I was just going by the information 
> that Texas A&M's horticulture experimental stations, the Master Gardener
> gardens, etc. had reported.  Practically every year we hear about a new 
> variety of Peony that has been introduced that is supposed to be more and 
> more heat tolerant.  So far none of these have done well in testing. 
> check to see if the varieties you mentioned are among those.  
> Thanks for the info.
> Noreen
> zone9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 12/13/2002 10:43:09 AM Central Standard Time, 
> kmrsy@earthlink.net writes:
> > Noreen,
> > When people talk peonies, they are usually talking about the lactiflora
> > hybrids.  Marge mentioned some species in her extensive posting.  There
> > some I would love to grow but it is too cold here.  Here are a few you 
> > should
> > try that are only hardy in zones 8 to 10:
> > Paeonia cambessedesii (Majorcan Peony)
> > P. mascula  
> > P. officinalis 
> > P. peregrina   (Sunshine [syn. Otto Froebel] is an early-flowering
> > cultivar with vivid deep orange-red flowers)
> > 
> > Kitty
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