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PAEONIA lactiflora 'Gold Rush'
This Japanese-flowered peony bears white, gold-crested blooms atop strong medium-tall stems. It is one of hundreds of cultivars of Paeonia lactiflora, a large, bushy, tuberous perennial from East Asia that has been cultivated and treasured for thousands of years.
The showy, fragrant blooms of this 1989 introduction have several large, creamy-white, ruffled petals cupping a central pompon of frilly, golden-yellow, ribbon-like "staminodes." Bees, ants, and the occasional butterfly visit the flowers. The bold, rich dark green, divided leaves may turn bronze tones in fall.
Peonies grow best in full to partial sun and well-drained, fertile soil. These old-fashioned perennials are very long-lived and have been known to survive in gardens for over 100 years. Use them in foundation plantings or any floral border. They make voluptuous cut flowers. Like most Japanese-flowered peonies, 'Gold Rush' has flop-resistant stems that do not need staking.
Divide plants every 3 or 4 years in early autumn or as shoots break ground in spring. Plant divisions at a finger's-width depth; plants set too deep will not flower.
8 - 1
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"-36" / 76.2cm - 91.4cm
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Late Spring, Early Summer
White, Yellow, Gold, Ivory
Green, Dark Green, Bronze
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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