Heirloom Peony, Garden Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'

Paeonia lactiflora

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Bowl of Beauty
Hybridized by Hoogendoorn
Registered or introduced: 1949
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

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

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid 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:


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:

Ketchikan, Alaska

Flagstaff, Arizona

Bigelow, Arkansas

Cazadero, California

Craig, Colorado

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Stamford, Connecticut

Atlanta, Georgia

Clarkston, Georgia

Ringgold, Georgia

Cicero, Indiana

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Hazard, Kentucky

Gardiner, Maine

Lincoln, Nebraska

Southold, New York

Belfield, North Dakota

Cleveland, Ohio

Sumter, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Selah, Washington

Ranchester, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 2, 2015, RrrrrGrrrr from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This peony is tough. I transplanted six of them last fall and they bloomed as beautifully as ever in the spring.


On May 4, 2012, OldPerfessor from Hazard, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

A beautiful cultivar w/pink outer petals and inner cream. Gets quiet tall in my area and the weather (rain and wind) are devastating on it. I have mine supported w/shortened tomato cages which work wonderfully.


On Apr 20, 2012, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Although I've always thought of peonies as cold weather plants, they are now being marketed in the SC midlands by big box stores. Last year was a relatively mild winter, with 3 nights @ 17f, and my peonies - many different cultivars - are growing very happily. Bowl of Beauty is my 1st to bloom, and I have posted a pic as proof that peonies will grow in the Deep South. Yay!


On Mar 22, 2008, Lina5606 from Flagstaff, AZ (Zone 5b) wrote:

Planting info states that at the end of the growing season once it goes dormant you should cut back foliage to ground level, mulch the crown to help it become more established.

Will flower for about 10- 14 days, removing spent blooms will encourage a more vigorous plant.


On Jul 14, 2003, eshka wrote:

This plant stands up well to wind and rain, and flowers longer than other peonies in my garden. The location is Hemel Hempstead, Hertforshire, UK.