I am sorry about the name and the tautology but I didn’t invent it. If you love these species peonies you have to get to grips with their impossible names. The colour of the single flowers of this one can range from pink to magenta. Mine is deepest pink and I think she is stunning.
This Peony was cultivated in monastery gardens because it was considered to be a cure for various ills. In fact the name Peony comes from Paeon, the Greek god of healing.
If you think the name is impossible then you might find Paeonia mlokosewitschii even worse. This name wasn’t invented just to torment gardeners. It was named after Ludwik Mlokosiewiez, the Polish botanist who found it. It comes from the foothills of the Caucasus. Reginald Farrer said of it: ‘This pleasant little assortment of syllables should be practised daily, but only before dinner unless teetotal principles of the strictest are adopted.’ If you want to practice it daily then this is how it is pronounced. ‘Mlok-oh-zih-vich-eeh-eye’. Or you could just call it ‘Molly The Witch’ like every one else.
As you see Molly is a very refined lady and her colour is the palest lemon. Pauline shows her lovely Molly the Witch growing amongst forget-me-nots in her blog: Leadupthegardenpath. Do have a look. She says that Molly the Witch is her plant of the week and you can see why.
The lovely flowers only last a week but in the autumn it has lovely seed pods which open to reveal silky pink interiors studded with black and pink seeds. The black ones are the fertile ones and you can easily grow new Mollies although you have to wait several years for the flowers. I was disappointed with the ones I grew because instead of having lovely lemon flowers they were tinged with pink. I think they must have been fertilised by Paeonia mascula.
I showed the bud on my Paeonia rockii a week or two ago. I am still waiting for it to open and I will show you as soon as it does. It is the next big happening in the garden. In the meantime I am enjoying these two beauties.