Description: Large, cupped, white guard petals and light canary-yellow center petals, pale green at the base; early-season peony
Habit: Grows 2 to 3 feet high and up to 3 feet wide; Medium height stems and dark green foliage
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and well-prepared garden loam with added organic matter
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Attributes: Deer resistant, attracts butterflies
Both European and Asian peonies have been cultivated since ancient times. Those native to central China and Siberia (varieties of Paeonia lactiflora) were first introduced to the West by the 18th century and by 1784 breeding with the European peony was occurring in France and Britain. Because peonies are such long-lived plants, many 19th-century cultivars are still available. Thomas Jefferson noted “Piony” in a list of hardy perennials as early as 1771. The extremely fragrant and unusual ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ was introduced by 1856, although some believe it was earlier. Joseph Breck described it as “quite a novelty” in 1851. Peonies are deer resistant, and their flowers attract butterflies.
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