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PAEONIA lactiflora 'Lora Dexheimer'

Image of Paeonia lactiflora 'Lora Dexheimer'

James H. Schutte

Family

Paeoniaceae

Botanical Name

PAEONIA lactiflora 'Lora Dexheimer'

Plant Common Name

Garden Peony, Herbaceous Peony

General Description

This double-flowered peony bears large fiery blooms on strong medium-tall stems in late spring, midway through the peony season. 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 bright crimson, chrysanthemum-shaped blooms of this 1913 introduction have several large outer petals cupping a mass of narrow, frilly, petal-like "staminodes." The petals have a pale midrib. Bees, ants, and the occasional butterfly visit the flowers. This strong-stemmed, relatively flop-resistant peony has large, rich green, divided leaves that are bronze-tinged in spring and 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. Although more flop resistant than most double-flowered peonies, 'Lora Dexheimer' may 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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    30"-36" / 76.2cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Crimson

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No