Chinese Peony, Garden Peony 'Gay Paree'

Paeonia lactiflora

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gay Paree
Hybridized by Auten
Registered or introduced: 1933
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Stamford, Connecticut

Lexington, Kentucky

Wakefield, Massachusetts

Bonne Terre, Missouri

Vancouver, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 30, 2012, RIRISH from Bonne Terre, MO wrote:

I have had Gay Paree 14 -16years. Weather here is from sometimes 10 below to 100 degrees and it does fine.
My favorite peony of the 4 I have.Also is at Henry Shaws Botanical Garden in St louis MO
I think it was hybridized in about 1925.(Look at Wilds Daylily Garden inthe Peony catalog. It use to tell the background and sell it)
,Not the cheapest plant i ever bought someplaqce over $20 but Flowers stay up right on most days in most all weather but bad wind and heavy rain. I have never supported them
Lots of blooms,dark green and I give it no special care. I have never even fertilized this plant.Still today there are 16 upright blooms (and it just rained) with lot still to come.This would have 6 stars if i needed to give it some.