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PAEONIA lactiflora 'Pink Dawn'
This single-flowered peony bears pink, gold-centered blooms on strong tall stems in late spring. 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 1946 introduction have 10 rose-pink petals surrounding a central circle of golden-yellow stamens. Bees, ants, and the occasional butterfly may pollinate the flowers, giving rise to large green seed pods that ripen to tan. The bold, dark green, divided leaves are tinged with bronze in spring and again 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 single-flowered peonies, 'Pink Dawn' 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
36"-40" / 91.4cm - 101.6cm
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Pink, Rose, Ivory
Dark Green, Bronze
Green, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green, Bronze
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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