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James H. Schutte
PAEONIA lactiflora 'Petticoat Flounce'
This double-flowered peony bears fragrant, pale pink, "bomb-type" blossoms in mid- to late spring, early in 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 soft salmon-pink blooms of this 1985 introduction have several long, rounded outer petals cupping a central ball-shaped crest of petal-like "staminodes." The crest shades to cream at its base. Bees, ants, and the occasional butterfly pollinate the flowers, giving rise to large seed pods. The bold, 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. The medium-tall stems of 'Petticoat Flounce' are relatively strong and flop resistant, but may require 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
32"-36" / 81.3cm - 91.4cm
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Spring, Late Spring
Light Pink, Salmon, Ivory
Dark Green, Bronze
Green, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green, Bronze
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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