Chinese Peony, Garden Peony
Paeonia lactiflora 'General McMahon'

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: General McMahon
Additional cultivar information:(aka Augustin d'Hour, Marchal MacMahon)
Hybridized by Calot
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Bigelow, Arkansas

Traverse City, Michigan

Elba, New York

Knoxville, Tennessee

Monitor, Washington

Redmond, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 4, 2011, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

Prepare the soil, so that it will hold water, yet will drain. Perlite or Vermiculite might do. Add steer manure and a bit of dolomite lime to the soil mixture.

Plant General McMahon in full sun. Do not protect it in wintertime.

Fertilize it maybe once a year, using the above mentioned steer manure that is at least 6 months old, stake the plant and odds are, it will reward you with blooms.

Positive

On May 29, 2008, suel from Vinton, VA wrote:

Gen. Mcmahon has the same deep raspberry color as Inspecteur Lavergne and Felix Crousse. The stems on mine are stiff and are holding the blooms off the ground, whereas my Felix Crousse's blooms are all on the ground (but Felix C.'s blooms are larger).