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Peony lactiflora 'Shirley Temple'


  • »  Large, fluffy, fragrant blooms
  • »  Return year after year with little to no maintenance
  • »  Packed in 10's

  • Category:Peony
  • Hardiness Zone:3-8
  • Height:24-36 Inches
  • Bloom Color: White

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Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Pollinators
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Full Sun
Partial Sun
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Moist, Well-Drained

Soil and Preparation

Peonies prefer well-draining, humus-rich moist soil. Amend heavy or very sandy soil with compost. Additionally, 1 cup of bonemeal can be used to amend the soil prior to planting. Choose a location in full sun, but one that provides ample growing room along with protection from strong winds.


Dig a a hole large enough to accommodate the roots and set the root so the eyes face upward. Fill in the hole, making sure to keep the peony's eyes/buds not deeper than 2" below the soil line. Water thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots.

Fertilization During Growing

They do not require fertilization other than a yearly addition of compost unless a soil test shows a deficiency in nutrients.

Cutting Guidelines

Years 1 & 2: Do not cut any blooms.  Dis-budding is recommended to encourage root growth and overall plant development.

Year 3: For 2/3 eye roots - Cut 1/3 of the total blooms; For 3/5 eye roots - Cut 50% of the blooms

Year 4: Cut 70% of the total blooms