PAEONIA lactiflora 'Nippon Beauty'
Plant Common Name
This "Japanese-flowered" peony bears deep red, crested blooms on strong medium-tall stems in late spring, toward the end of 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 large, mildly fragrant blooms of this 1927 introduction have several wine-red outer petals cupping a central ball-shaped cluster of deep red, cream-edged, ribbon-like "staminodes." Bees, ants, and the occasional butterfly visit the flowers, which are followed by large red-tinged seed pods. The bold, dark green, divided leaves emerge deep bronze in spring and turn burgundy-red 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, 'Nippon Beauty' 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.
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' / 9.1m - 10.4m
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
Sharp or Has Thorns