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Peony

Paeonia lactiflora ‘cvs.’

Both European and Asian peonies have been cultivated since ancient times. Those native to central China and Siberia (P. lactiflora) were first introduced to the West in 1784 and breeding witht the European Peony took place in France and Britain. Because peonies are such long-lived plants, many nineteenth-century cultivars are still available. Thomas Jefferson noted "Piony" in a list of hardy perennials as early as 1771. Mid- to late-nineteenth-century cultivars are grown here.

Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
Pink, White, Reds
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun and Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
2001 May 4 to 2001 Jun 262002 Apr 22 to 2002 Jun 72003 May 9 to 2003 Jun 202004 May 1 to 2004 Jun 162005 May 10 to 2005 Jun 102006 Apr 28 to 2006 Jun 92007 Apr 30 to 2007 Jun 142008 May 2 to 2008 Jun 242009 May 7 to 2009 Jun 112010 Apr 13 to 2010 Jun 92011 May 3 to 2011 Jun 72012 Apr 9 to 2012 Jun 42013 Apr 30 to 2013 Jun 102014 May 14 to 2014 Jun 15
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