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Paeonia lactiflora 'General McMahon'

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: General McMahon

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
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)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Leehallfae 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 suel 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).


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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