Cultivar: Secretary Fewkes

 
Secretary Fewkes
Acquired: 1924

1918-B006-I:22 1921-B014:20 Symposium II rating: 9.1 1923-SPN:350 1928-B:52 Double. 8.6 (Sym. 1925). Pink and white. 1928-B-d:141 Double type; large; midseason. Broad, cupped, outer... Read more

Cultivar Group: Paeonia lactiflora
Introduced: 1917
Breeder: Shaylor
Country of Origin: USA
Form: Double
Color - Authentic: white
Season: Midseason

Updated February 9, 2016

 
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Historical Significance:

1918-B006-I:22

1921-B014:20 Symposium II rating: 9.1

1923-SPN:350

1928-B:52 Double. 8.6 (Sym. 1925). Pink and white.

1928-B-d:141 Double type; large; midseason. Broad, cupped, outer petals and center of pale rose-pink, with a flesh-white collar of narrow petals arranged in bunches; with age the flower becomes almost white; fair rose-like fragrance. Tall; free-flowering; fairly strong stems. Good foliage. A well-shaped flower of attractive color which keeps well both on the plant and after being cut, but there is nothing remarkable about either the plant or bloom. "I do not consider this variety particularly valuable, but I will say that the flowers which were shown to me at the time the name was given had a close resemblance to KELWAY'S GLORIOUS, and I was much disappointed when I found that the variety did not hold up to this character, as I had felt that my name was to be associated with a variety which would bear flowers equal to KELWAY'S GLORIOUS, with a strong and vigorous habit of plant."—Fewkes.

1976-K:090 (Shaylor, 1917) - Double - Pink - Midseason. Tall. Fair rose-like fragrance. Large. Broad, cupped, outer petals and center of pale rose-pink, with a flesh-white collar of narrow petals arranged in bunches. With age the flower becomes almost white. Free-flowering; fairly strong stems. Good foliage. M.

Historical Color:

1928 - Pink and white

1928 - outer petals and center of pale rose-pink, with a flesh-white collar of narrow petals arranged in bunches; with age the flower becomes almost white

1976 - outer petals and center of pale rose-pink, with a flesh-white collar of narrow petals arranged in bunches. With age the flower becomes almost white

Scent - Historical:

No Information

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

 

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