The reciprocal intersectional cross is exceedingly difficult. Consequently,
only a handful of such hybrids are currently in existence. Surprisingly, this cross gives an abundance of seed.
Unfortunately, only a very small percentage (< 1%) of these seeds are viable. The two reverse cross hybrids
(RC-95-01 & RC-96-02) shown above are the only such plants that have survived and grown for me. RC-95-01 is
from the cross (Age of Gold x Martha W.). This variety has been registered under the name Reverse Magic.
RC-96-02 is from (Stolen Heaven x Martha W.). It is unique because it contains chromosomes from only two species, suffruticosa
and lactiflora, instead of the three species mix which makes up the normal intersectional hybrids (delavayii, suffruticosa
and lactiflora). This variety was registered in 2004 under the name Impossible Dream.
Reverse Cross Foliage
Comparison with Tree Peonies and Other Intersectional Hybrids