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Paeonia lactiflora 'Eden's Perfume'

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Eden's Perfume

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive zville123 On Oct 21, 2005, zville123 from Zanesville, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have just planted this 3 yr. old division (a beautiful specimen from Hallson Gardens). I will update with it's progress. Can't wait to see (and smell) it bloom!

2006 Update: The first spring, this peony had several blooms. This year (it's second spring in the ground here), it has dozens of buds and is approx. 3 ft. high. I'll post more pictures and update again once it blooms....Well, with about half a dozen blooms open, the fragrance is outstanding! We rushed to the front door this morning like kids on Christmas (the full shots of the peony are taken from the bottom of our front porch) and were treated to open blossoms and a heavenly fragrance. Our neighbors, who sit on their front porch in the evening, even commented on the smell! If Hallson Gardens sells more of these, we'll definitely be buying.

2009 Update: This peony is now twice the size of the pictures I previously posted. It is the one plant that neighbors always comment on for it's beauty & fragrance. I don't understand why this isn't more readily available.

I know there are garden supply stores who carry this peony. I guess you'll have to do a search to find it. Can't verify how reputable they are except for Hallson Gardens, if they still carry it. This year I cut a bunch and sent them my husband's grandma at her nursing home. I guess they were a hit with all the residents who made special trips to see and smell them. They said they reminded them of the peonies they use to grow in their gardens.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Arroyo Grande, California
Winterville, Georgia
Palmyra, Indiana
Zanesville, Ohio
Vancouver, Washington

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