Paeonia lactiflora ‘Shirley Temple’: Double Peony

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Garden Peonies are old favorites for late spring display, prized for their large, colourful and fragrant blooms. Plants form an upright bush of dark green leaves, remaining attractive all season. This unique double selection features white flowers, the petals blushed and dappled with soft pink. Midseason/Late. Peonies seldom need to be divided or moved, but if necessary it should be carried out only in the fall. Flowering is always best in a sunny location. Trim off old stems to the ground in late fall, to help prevent disease problems. Excellent for cutting.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Shirley Temple’:

Plant Uses & Characteristics:  Good Texture/Form, Border, Flower color: White, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Flower Head Size: Very Large

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Peony

The peony is a flowering plant in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America.

Most are herbaceous perennial plants 0.5–1.5 metres [1.6–4.9 ft] tall, but some resemble trees 1.5–3 metres [4.9–9.8 ft] tall. They have compound, deeply lobed leaves and large, often fragrant, flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer.

The peony is named after Paeon [also spelled Paean], a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.

Photo: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140509]

Source: Perinnials.com

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