Cultivar: Avalanche

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Avalanche
Acquired: 1924 |  APS Rating: 8.7

1916-Farr:36 Large, compact, crown. Milk-white, cream-white collar, center tinted lilac-white, prominent carmine flecks lengthwise of the petals. Fragrance X. Strong grower, free bloomer.... Read more

Cultivar Group: Paeonia lactiflora
Introduced: 1886
Breeder: Crousse
Country of Origin: France
Form: Double
Color - Authentic: white

Updated February 9, 2016

 
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Nichols Arboretum
 
Historical Significance:

1916-Farr:36 Large, compact, crown. Milk-white, cream-white collar, center tinted lilac-white, prominent carmine flecks lengthwise of the petals. Fragrance X. Strong grower, free bloomer. Late. Extra fine. $1.50. NOTE.—Avalanche is much confused with Albatre, and in most collections it is Avalanche, which is offered under both names. The two are distinct, however, as Albatre is earlier, larger, more upright, more of a rose type, while Avalanche develops a crown. In Albatre the carmine is a mere line along the very edge of the center petals, hardly noticeable and sometimes absent altogether.

1918-B006-I:03

1921-B014:08 Symposium II rating: 8.7

1923-SPN:344

1928-B:25 Double. 8.7 (Sym. 1921). Syn., Albâtre. White.

1928-B-d:083 Double type; large; late midseason. Blush-white of waxy texture with a faint pink center and very narrow crimson edges to a few petals; a compact, generally incurved flower with the tips of the outer petals recurved from its ball-like center; fragrance strong but not sweet. Medium height; a fair bloomer, with adequate stems and good foliage. A well-regarded white variety for either cutting or garden decoration. It is generally considered identical with ALBÂTRE.

1976-K:007 Double - Blush-White - Late Midseason. Medium height. Fragrance strong, but not sweet. Blush-white of waxy texture with a faint pink center and very narrow crimson edges to a few petals; a compact, generally incurved flower with the tips of the outer petals recurved from its ball-like center. A fair bloomer, with adequate stems and good foliage.

Historical Color:

1916 - Milk-white, cream-white collar, center tinted lilac-white, prominent carmine flecks lengthwise of the petals, in Albatre the carmine is a mere line along the very edge of the center petals.

1928 - White.

1928 - Blush-white with a faint pink center and very narrow crimson edges to a few petals.

1976 - Blush-white with a faint pink center and very narrow crimson edges to a few petals

Scent - Historical:

Mildly fragrant

Historic information about this cultivar includes published information courtesy of the American Peony Society.

 

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