Per the American Peony Society this peony was named for Mr. Olson’s mother. Mothers seem to have had quite a few lovely peonies named for them over the years! The flowers are beautiful in all respects but the fragrance is what puts it on my list of great peonies. Winner of the Gold Medal Award from the American Peony Society (see details below).
Height: 60-90 cm
Sidebuds: 1 to 2 per stem
Staking Required: Depens upon location
Bloom Week: 5
Our promise is to provide you with healthily grown root divisions, with 3-5 eyes, and true to name. We take great care in packaging your roots so they arrive in perfect planting condition. If for any reason, during shipping, your package is not to your satisfaction, please send a photo within 48 hours, and we will either replace your order or refund you.
Since planting conditions, and other variables are outside of our control, we cannot guarentee roots once they have been planted.
A Note on Observations
Observations of height, side buds, and staking are the observations from Hudson, Quebec (zone 5a) grown in full sun, in a clay based soil. In different environments plants will perform slightly different. Instead of 1 to 2 side buds per stem, you may have none. If growing in slightly shadier environment, your peony may require staking. The observations are meant as a general guide, in how your peony should perform in optimal planting. In the case of fragrance, these are observations based on personal sniff tests in the field, we must bear in mind our olfactory senses are all different.
American Peony Society Gold Medal Award
The American Peony Society, by way of awarding medals and certificates, has long recognized exceptional peonies. In this scheme of things the Gold Medal has always been considered the ultimate accolade, but as the Society and the interest in peonies have evolved, so too have the criteria by which these medals were awarded. Today, the American Peony Society selects the ‘Gold Medal’ peony for flower beauty and consistency, as well as, commercial availability and market price.
American Peony Society Award of Landscape Merit
Peony cultivars bestowed this award are chosen for superior ornamental value, overall appearance in the landscape throughout the growing season, and reliable performance across North America. Plants are required to be self-supporting in wide ranging weather conditions and reliably display their flowers. Special attention is given to foliage quality throughout the growing season. ALM peonies should provide gardeners and landscapers with superior plants that can be expected to demonstrate excellence in the landscape.