It goes by other names of 'Victor Emmanuel' and
'Alice Slack,' neither as descriptive as
Blood of China. Fully open blooms are 4" across.
Described in the literature as 'semi-double to loose
opening to peony flowered.'
The older blossoms show the stamens mixed
among the petals.
Described by some sites as reddish orange,
in my garden it is pure red with abundant petals.
Nearing the time that old leaves shed and new growth starts as bloom season ends,
this specimen is nearly fifty years old. Once accidentally set on fire when the
neighbors burned their woods, it came back in full beauty.
Blood of China is listed in some descriptions as
slightly fragrant. I can't discern any scent.
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