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PlantFiles: Chinese Peony, Garden Peony
Paeonia lactiflora 'Jeannot'

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Jeannot
Hybridized by Auguste Dessert; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1918

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LauraSteele On Mar 3, 2012, LauraSteele from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Per the 1928 Lee R. Bonnewitz Peony and Iris catalog in Van Wert, Ohio:
JEANNOT (Dessert). A late blooming, pink Peony of loose formation, which holds the color admirably and which is able to go through rain and wind storms without having its landscape value completely destroyed. Its cut bloom compares with that of PRESIDENT WILSON and EDWIN C. SHAW in quality and color, and it is probably not only one of Mr. Dessert's best Peonies, but also one of the best late pink Peonies in the world. Not quite equal to PHYLLIS KELWAY and SUZETTE as a landscape variety, but even better than SUZETTE as a cut flower. $10.00

Per the APS website:
JEANNOT (Dessert, 1918) Double-Pink-Late. Medium height. Faint fragrance. Large. Pale rose-pink, deepening to old-rose in center, with a distinct overcast of pale violet. Free-flowering wiry stems. Good foliage. Technically rose-form but globular in shape, of smooth, waxy substance with a greenish tint at the base of most petals.Excellent for garden decoration.

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