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Paeonia (Peony) lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima'
Item PD365

'Festiva Maxima' is a tried and true older variety you likely remember from Grandma’s garden. The color is the purest of whites with occasional carmine flecks. The Peony is an extremely long lived, hardy, shrub-like plant. Once they're established, they're as hardy and dependable as oaks, creating a fantastic season of bloom in your yard year after year. The spreading clumps form hedges. Peonies are a standard of the perennial border, both as specimens and in groups. Also effective as accents or herbaceous hedges along fences, sidewalks, driveways or walls. Flowers are extremely showy, and foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season, either alone or as a frame or backdrop for other flowering perennials. Excellent cut flower. Peony_Festiva_Maxima

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Size: 2-3 eye • Hardiness: Zones 3-8 • Bloomtime: Early

Common: Peony • Exposure: Full Sun

Botanical: Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima'

Height: 34" • Spacing: 2-4'

Flower: White (double) • Foliage: Glossy, Deep Green

Pests: Peonies are considered to be relatively pest free. Ants on peony buds are common and totally harmless.

Notes: This herbaceous (soft stemmed) peony is a shrubby plant that, each year, will typically grow to 3' tall by mid-spring, bloom, display attractive foliage throughout the summer and early fall, and then die to the ground after frost. An old standard that features very large, very fragrant, red double flowers. Glossy green foliage is divided into oval to lance-shaped leaflets. Each plant will flower for approximately 7-10 days. You can plant other peonies with staggered bloom times to extend the total peony bloom period to approximately 6 weeks during May and June. Remove spent flowers after blooming. Cut foliage to the ground and remove from the garden in fall after frost. Plants are long-lived, do not need to be divided and can be left undisturbed for years.

Planting instructions: Easily grown in rich, fertile, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Dig a hole large enough to encompass roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the eyes (tender white swellings protruding from the crown area) are about 1 inch below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Add compost as needed before planting.

Tip: If plants do not flower, possible causes include (1) planted too deep or too shallow, (2) too much shade, (3) late frost killed buds or (4) plant is too young or has been recently moved or disturbed. Large, fully double flowers usually need staking or other support because they tend to arch toward the ground in the best of weather and can be literally driven into the ground by a hard rain.


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