Let’s start with some background info on this historically very important peony, because ‘Moonrise’ is simply legendary. She has been used intensively in breeding as a pollen parent, and in fact still is through the equally intensive use of very fertile progeny such as ‘Salmon Dream’, ‘Lemon Chiffon’ and ‘Pastelegance’ in modern day breeding efforts.
‘Moonrise’ has single, creamy yellow flowers with a wealthy heart of orange-yellow stamens. Beautiful carpels and perfectly matching stigmas with the colour of the petals complete the picturesque blooms. The flowers are carried by very sturdy stems with very attractive foliage. This variety is very vigorous and can quickly grow into a large clump with an abundance of flowers. The only downside we can think of is the fact that the stamens ripen and turn brown fairly quickly. But that doesn’t spoil the fun for this excellent garden and fine cut flower peony. ‘Moonrise’ is here to stay in our Catalogue, and deserves a place in every peony collection!
In commerce, ‘Moonrise’ has been mixed up with ‘Prairie Moon’. From Holland, a single ‘Prairie Moon’ has been spread, and from New Zealand a double form under the same name. The Dutch type in fact was ‘Moonrise’. These two varieties are distinctively different. ‘Moonrise’ has a round bud shape, while ‘Prairie Moon’s are pointy. ‘Moonrise’ has wider standing foliage which is bigger and more roundly shaped than for ‘Prairie Moon’ with her more upright plant habit. Foliage of ‘Prairie Moon’ does not always stay pretty, it does not always keep looking fresh in the growing season. ‘Moonrise’ is clearly the better grower of the two.
After careful observation of our stock, we now feel certain that we have these two peonies true to type. With our annual offering of both of these varieties, you can always be sure of getting the real thing of either (or both).
|Mechanical support:||Not necessary|
|Use:||Landscape + Cutflower|
|Year of Registration:||1949|
|APS Gold Medal:|
|Seed parent:||P. hybrid (P. lactiflora x P. peregrina (lobata Perry))|
|Extra information:||F2. Saunders seedling# 15785|
|Fertility:||Seed + Pollen|