PAEONIA lactiflora 'Félix Crousse'
Plant Common Name
Félix Crousse Garden Peony, Herbaceous Peony
Bearing large raspberry-red blooms midway to late in the peony season, this double-flowered cultivar has remained a garden favorite since its introduction in 1881. It is a selection of Paeonia lactiflora, a large, bushy, tuberous perennial from East Asia that has been bred, cultivated, and treasured for thousands of years.
The lustrous, mildly fragrant blooms of ‘Félix Crousse' appear on rather weak, thigh-high stems in late spring to early summer. Each flower has several large outer petals which cup a swarm of smaller ruffled petal-like segments. Bees, ants, and the occasional butterfly visit the blooms. The bold, divided, dark green leaves turn maroon in fall.
Peonies grow best in full to partial sun and well-drained, fertile soil. Stake this selection to prevent flowering stems from flopping. These old-fashioned perennials are very long-lived and have been known to survive in gardens for over 100 years. Plant them in foundation plantings or any floral border. Peony blooms make outstanding cut flowers.
Divide plants in early autumn or as shoots break ground in spring. Divide every 3 to 4 years to keep plants vigorous. Plant divisions at a finger's-width depth; plants set too deep will not flower.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 9
A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Full Sun, Partial Sun
30"-34" / 76.2cm - 86.4cm
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall