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Carol Cloud Bailey
PAEONIA lactiflora 'Pillow Talk'
This double-flowered peony bears large, pink, long-stalked blooms 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.
Resembling immense Old English roses, the fragrant cameo-pink blooms of this 1973 introduction have several large outer petals cupping a mass of ruffled, petal-like "staminodes." Bees, ants, and the occasional butterfly visit the blooms. The bold, mid-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. This medium-tall peony is prone to flopping when carrying its massive blooms, so staking is advised.
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
26"-34" / 66.0cm - 86.4cm
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Spring, Late Spring
Pink, Light Pink
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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