Paeonia 'Mother's Choice'

type: [herbaceous peony] – [species cultivar] – [lactiflora]



MOTHER'S CHOICE (Glasscock, 1950) - Double - White - Midseason. Seedling of Polar Star. Full double white, very large stiff stems. Every year  every stem is crowned witha perfect bloom, even small divisions having beautiful flowers though small. Bulletin 116.

Nicholls (1999):

MOTHER'S CHOICE (Glasscock 50) A HUGE billowing cloud of white petals with an occasional hint of red edging. Most years the red does not appear for us. Perfection in petal formation makes this a must have for your garden. Strong stems hold these double flowers erect. GM 93 Midseason.

MOTHER'S CHOICE (Late Midseason)(Glasscock) Large full double white on a medium size plant about 30" tall; may have hairline red edges on central petals; reliable bloomer of exhibition size flowers; choice for garden or cutting,

MOTHERS CHOICE Immaculate petal formation make this a great favourite. Strong stems hold the creamy blush pink flower well over mid green foliage. As with most of the very full doubles, perfume is very much to the fore. Ideal for home and garden alike.

MOTHERS CHOICE White, Double, Mid season , Fragrant. 85cm. Strong stems hold the creamy blush pink flower. Beautiful petal formation.


Mother's Choice: Full pure-white flowers with slightly warmer centers, presented in a tidy, evenly dense form. Vigorous plants with sturdy upright stems.

Mother.s Choice (Glasscock 1950) ML.  Full Double; very large flower, packed with beautifully arranged petals, exhibition form, fragrant.  Reliable, flowers easily, even on small plants.  Medium tall; flowers carried well above the foliage.  Stout stems will bend under weight of the opened flower, may need high support.  Attracts much attention, in garden or cut. 

Mother's Choice (Glasscock, 1950) Creamy white, double, fragrant, late-midseason, 34" tall, lactiflora. A very large flower packed with beautifully arranged petals that sometimes have a slight edge of red. Strong stems.


Mother’s Choice Very double white flowers with interwoven petals and dark green leaves. Scented, good for cutting and free flowering.

MOTHER'S CHOICE:Huge double pure white with extremely good form for such large flowers, blooms midseason on strong 30" stems. One of the best!

Brian Porter on y!groups #9184

I agree with Michael's assessment of Mother's Choice - it is perhaps the best double white lactiflora that I grow - the flower form is really great on this one. It has some fragrance too, which is not mentioned in the APS checklist.
Another close favorite, which is really blush-white, is Mary Eddy Jones. I have been awed by the flowers it has put out the last few years - absolutely huge blossoms. I entered it in our local peony show and it came close to being considered best in show - a few petal blemishes were the only thing against it.
Unfortunately, it does have a fault - the flowers are so heavy that stems can snap, even when supported. Nevertheless, I wouldn't want to be without it.
This year it was one of the most vigorous peonies in my yard.

A close second for vigor would be Glory Hallelujah, dark pink lacti. It's stems are strong, but it will bend down in full bloom and benefits from support too. It is one of the last to bloom in my yard and I value it for extending the season.
For earlier hybrids, Smouthi, Firebelle and Burma Ruby are showy favorites that stand up well without support. Ludovica is another hybrid (pink) that is a favorite of mine. If it has a fault, it would be that the flowers gradually fade white and need deadheading. It is one of the shortest peonies I grow.
Does anyone grow Taki No Yoso'oi (not sure if I have the spelling correct)? If so, can you distinguish it from Sarah Bernhardt? I received a misnamed peony a
few years from a nursery that also listed Taki. I haven't had a chance to compare it (my Sarah Bernhardt is in a different yard), but I suspect it may be Sarah or Taki No Yoso'oi. Brian Porter Regina SK Canada

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