Paeonia anomala 'Peter Barr'

type: [herbaceous peony] – [species cultivar] – [historical cultivar of uncertain origin]

source of the name:

used by A.P.Saunders for breeding (link to Saunders' notebooks)

Peonies, The Manual of the American Peony Society, edited by James Boyd © 1928 American Peony Society:

P. anomala, "Occurs as a wild plant in Europe, sparingly in Lapland, and in Asia it is spread all through the western half of Siberia, especially in the Ural and Altai ranges of mountains and round Lake Baikal. It is a well-marked type midway between P. tenuifolia and P. officinalis." Baker.

Flowers bright crimson, 4 inches in diameter. (Bot. Mag., PI. 1754. Andrews Bot. Rep., 514.) Varieties:




Peter Barr

The last, which we may assume to be a seedling raised in the Barr Nurseries, is a good plant with flowers of a brilliant and effective crimson.


Brian Porter (2004):

Brian Porter (2004):

Peter Barr (not registered by APS). I believe in the past some authors have attributed Peter Barr to P. anomala, but think that is an error. In my garden it is nearly identical to Smouthii. I suppose it is possible that mine and that sold in Canada is not authentic. In any case, what I grow as Peter Barr appears to be a P. tenuifolia hybrid. The blooming period coincides with Smouthii and I believe the fragrance is similar. (My Smouthii was purchased from Smirnow in New York).

Carsten Burkhardt's Web Project Paeonia - The Peony Database


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