Jane McGary
Fri, 30 Jul 2004 20:14:45 PDT
Rodger Whitlock wrote,
1. Paeonia cambessedessi (and I may have miissssspellllllled that)

>No one has mentioned Paeonia cambessedessii from the Balearic
>Islands. Those of you in warmer climates might give it a whirl. Dark
>beet-red foliage overlain with a metallic cast; flowers of horrible
>magenta, but scented of cloves.

Paeonia cambessedesii -- which happily for the spelling-challenged has 
lately been referred to a prior name, P. corsica -- survives here outdoors, 
so it would for Rodger also, but it doesn't flower at all well under such 
conditions. However, in the bulb frame it performs magnificently (see the 
PBS wiki, Paeonia page, for proof).  The foliage is as good as Rodger says, 
but he must have got hold of a different color form than what I have. Mine 
are clear soft pink with a darker flush toward the center. I never noticed 
the scent, perhaps because they flower so early, about the second species 
to bloom here in late winter, and the scent is not apparent in the cold air.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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