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PAEONIA lactiflora 'Primevère'
The fragrant, creamy, double blooms of this "anemone-flowered" peony are borne on flop-prone, medium-tall plants 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 white outer petals of this 1907 introduction open to expose a central pompon of numerous narrow, lemon-yellow "petaloids" that gradually fade to ivory-white. Bees, ants, and the occasional butterfly visit the flowers. This peony has rich-green, somewhat coarse, divided leaves that 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 peony is prone to flopping when in bloom, 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
30"-36" / 76.2cm - 91.4cm
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
White, Yellow, Light Yellow, Burgundy, Ivory
Dark Green, Bronze
Green, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green, Bronze
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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