Paeonia 'KINKO' /'JINKO'

Trade Designations

of 'Alice Harding '


Reiner Jakubowski on Y!groups, 26. Aug. 2005

The names KIN-KAKU, KINKO, KINSHI, KINTEI, and KINYO were first published in the 1939 catalogue of the Japanese nurseryman, K. Wada. They are all lutea hybrids. It is well established that the first four are European originations of Henry and Lemoine, renamed for the Japanese market. The other is very probably of like origin, but I don't have the required information at hand. Renaming of peonies (or any other plant) for the purpose of making it more palatable to your target market falls under the heading of Trade Designations in the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. Thus these names should not be considered synonyms.

If Elizabeth's plants are true to the name under which they were purchased, they should turn out to be 'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu' and 'Chromatella' respectively. If they have bloomed and look like 'High Noon', then that is probably what they are. There is no way to confuse the blooms of 'High Noon' with those of 'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu', 'Chromatella', or 'Alice Harding'.

Trade Designations should be distinguished from cultivar epithets by using different typeface and should never be placed within single quotes. The proper way for these to appear in print, as suggested by the ICNCP, is Peony KIN-KAKU ('Souvenir de Maxime Cornu'), Peony KINKO ('Alice Harding'), Peony KINSHI ('Chromatella'), and Peony KINTEI ('L'Esperance'). The Latin genus name can be substituted for "Peony", or it can also be translated to the language of publication.

Reiner Jakubowski on Y!groups, 26. Aug. 2005

Ariga (1993)

KINKOU (Goldenes Licht) Die Sorte stammt aus Frankreich. Der ursprüngliche Name ist ALICE HARDING. Reines Goldgelb. Große Blüte in zehntausendfacher Blüte. Eine typische gelbe Sorte, die leicht angenehm duftet. Geeignet als Topfpflanze.

meaning of the name:

Golden Ray

Wister (1961):

'Kinkow' (Golden Ray)


a new form of this name appeared on a chinese website, website snapshot done on Aug. 05, 2006, source: http://hoftco.51.net/Japanese.htm

Carsten Burkhardt's Web Project Paeonia - The Peony Database


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