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Paeonia lactifolia /Peony

Paeonia lactifolia  / Paeonia lactifolia
A well established plant with a mass of spring flowers
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A well established plant with a mass of spring flowers

Close-up image of a specimen blossom with foliage

Close-up of a white flowering cultivar, likely the most popular color

White flowers on a well established plant

Flower and foliage

Open flower and bud



A flower of an improved cultivar

Border of peonies at Franklin D. Roosevelt's grave in Hyde Park, NY

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Scientific Name: Paeonia lactifolia
Common Name: Peony
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 6, 7 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Flowers come in many colors and forms. Some are very fragrant and many are superb as cut flowers. Cut stems after frost and discard them in the trash as pruning may harbor diseases. Mulch in winter to prevent heaving and in summer to keep weeds away, conserve moisture and keep the roots cool. Believed to be deer resistant.