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Paeonia suffruticosa Andr. var. carneaplena

See Paeonia suffruticosa Andr. for a description of the species and Paeonia suffruticosa Andr. var. Banksii and Paeonia suffruticosa Andr. var. papaveracea for more specific information relating to the description below. 



Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The blossoms are large, very double, with a great resemblance in character and appearance to those of Banksii, except that they are less, more compact [sic], and that they are without the central elongated petals, which sometimes in that variety appear to rise from amongst the germens.  I think, however, some disposition towards this is observable in some specimens I have examined.  The petals are generally smaller and more abundant than in the Banksii; they are of a delicate purplish pink, and have a rich purple rayed spot at the base of every petal; these spots are exactly similar to those in the flowers of Papaveracea, except that they are smaller.  From the fullness of the blossoms these spots are not so strikingly observable as in the Papaveracea.  [Clericus in FC p.45/1842].



History at Camden Park

Desideratum to Loddiges’ Nursey, 6th January 1845.  [MP A2933-2, p.28].  Macarthur records receiving four ‘Moutans, said to be various’, among a number of plants received from Captain Simpson in late 1849 or early 1850, apparently on the same ship as those accompanying Captain P. P. King.  The source is unclear.  [ML A1980-3].  This plant may be amongst these.




Published Jan 29, 2010 - 03:09 PM | Last updated Jul 31, 2011 - 05:05 PM

Family Paeoniaceae
Region of origin

China, probably garden origin

Common Name

Tree paeony, Moutan

Name in the Camden Park Record

Paeonia moutan carnea plena



Confidence level high