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PlantFiles: Peony
Paeonia 'Scarlet O'Hara'

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Scarlet O'Hara

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral RosemaryK On Apr 17, 2011, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Introduced by Falk-Glassock in 1956, a hybrid of p. officinalis x albiflora. Carston's peony project lists it as early, vigorous, spirited. It has scarlet guard petals, yellow stamen, a single flower. Heat tolerant, recommended for Sourthern gardens, takes full sun.

Positive Dodsky On Sep 11, 2008, Dodsky from Smiths Grove, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is one spectacular peony! The huge single blooms are breathtaking when they open a bright, vibrant fuchsia-pink and as they gradually age to a softer pink. The combination of new and old blooms is quite eye-catching and the substantial petals hold up well so the blooms usually last at least 4-5 days barring any strong storms.

The stems are very sturdy and upright. It's a vigorous grower and has handsome, full, darker green foliage throughout the summer until it starts to die back in the fall before going dormant. If you enjoy single peonies, you'll definitely want this one. :-)

Positive ifonly On May 31, 2008, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

This is a stunning peony. Very tall with sturdy stems and absolutely luminescent scarlet blooms. It's the first to bloom of my 10 or so varieties and the start of my June show. I've taken no special care of mine, just planted in full sun and watered when the garden is dry.

Just get it - it is simply the best and you must have it. It just glows here in CT.

Positive jamlover On Jun 16, 2007, jamlover from Delhi, IA wrote:

This plant definitely is a show-stopper. It withstood horrible winds all the while it was in bloom, gradually fading to a soft pink. It enjoys lavish feedings both of chemical fertilizer and composted manure to maintain sturdy stems and abundant bloom.

Positive jeveleth On Jun 16, 2006, jeveleth from Unionville, CT wrote:

This is a sensational plant! It is a very large plant - 4 ft tall and 4 ft. wide. It is a sturdy plant needing little support. The stems are 1 in. thick.The blooms are in proportion - 9 in. across. The blooms are single. The color is a vivid red with a little blue in it, the blue becoming more pronounced as the bloom ages. The gold boss is large and full. My 5 year old plant had 15 blooms this year. It takes no special care. It stops traffic!


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

Brookfield, Connecticut
Colbert, Georgia
Roscoe, Illinois
Delhi, Iowa
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Deer River, Minnesota
Raleigh, North Carolina
Media, Pennsylvania
Lexington, South Carolina

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