- Herbaceous perennial
- USDA hardiness zones:
This herbaceous (soft stemmed) peony cultivar is a shrubby plant that, each year, will typically grow to 3' tall by mid-spring, bloom, display attractive foliage throughout the summer and early fall, and then die to the ground after frost. Features slightly fragrant, pure white flowers (Japanese form - with sterile center staminoids) which bloom in mid-season (usually May in the St. Louis area). Lush, glossy green foliage is divided into oval to lance-shaped leaflets. (origin unknown).
- Full sun to part shade
Easily grown in rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Add compost as needed before planting. Each plant will flower for approximately 7-10 days. Plant other cultivars with staggered bloom times to extend the total peony bloom period to approximately 6 weeks during May and June (in the St. Louis area). Remove spent flowers after blooming. Cut foliage to the ground (and remove from the garden) in fall after frost. Plants are long-lived, do not need to be divided and can be left undisturbed for years.
Size and growth:
- 2.5 to 3.0 feet
- 2.5 to 3.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- White with yellow centers (Japanese form)
Showy flowers, White, and Butterflies
Peonies are a standard of the perennial border, both as specimens and in groups. Also effective as accents or herbaceous hedges along fences, sidewalks, driveways or walls. Flowers are extremely showy, and foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season, either alone or as a frame or backdrop for other flowering perennials.
Peonies are considered to be relatively pest free. Botrytis blight and Phytophthora blight are sometimes problems. Ants on peony buds are common and totally harmless. If plants do not flower, possible causes include (1) planted too deep or too shallow, (2) too much shade, (3) late frost killed buds or (4) plant is too young or has been recently moved or disturbed. This Japanese-type bloom often will not need staking or other support.