Paeonia x smouthii Van Houtte = P. smouthii Hort. = Van Houttei

Horticulture Universel 4:274 (1845)

type: [herbaceous peony] – [herbaceous hybrid]

accepted name (2005):

Paeonia 'Smouthii' (Hybrid Tenuifolia X Lactiflora)

Stebbins (1939)

P. Smouthi Van Houtte, Hort. Universel, 4:274, 1846.

Two other forms similar to the members of this group are often erroneously named P. anomala. One, P. Smouthi, is a sterile hybrid of known garden origin between P. albiflora and P. tenuifolia, and resembles closely some of the F1 plants of the same cross produced by Saunders (cf. Hicks and Stebbins, 1934; Saunders and Stebbins, 1938; Stebbins, 1938a). It was first advertised by Barr & Sons as P. anomala intermedia, and later as P. anomala typica, and was also distributed by the Old Farm Nurseries, Booskop, Holland, as P. anomala.

Stern (1946)

P.X Smouthii, according to Horticulture Universal, vol. 4, 274 (1843), is a hybrid between P.albiflora (i.e. P.lactiflora) and P.tenuifolia; this plant is sometimes listed in nurserymen's catalogues as P.laciniata. The flowers of P.X Smouthii have a sweet scent and there is usually more than one flower to a stem ; both these characters are inherited from P.lactiflora. It is a charming plant for the garden. P.X Smouthii is a diploid as might be expected, as both the parents are diploids, but it has never borne fertile seed in my garden. This hybrid may have been called after Monsieur Smout, a chemist in Malines, who was a keen hybridizer of plants. (Stern page111)

Carsten Burkhardt's Web Project Paeonia - The Peony Database


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