Chinese Peony, Garden Peony 'Raspberry Sundae'

Paeonia lactiflora

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Raspberry Sundae
Hybridized by Klehm
Registered or introduced: 1968
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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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Cumming, Georgia

Villa Rica, Georgia

Champaign, Illinois

Saint Charles, Illinois

Cicero, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana

Paducah, Kentucky

Gardiner, Maine

Cumberland, Maryland

Attleboro, Massachusetts

Brunswick, Missouri

Gardiner, Montana

Lancaster, Ohio

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Marshall, Texas

Hinesburg, Vermont

Vinton, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 21, 2014, ellenfoster from Hinesburg, VT wrote:

this is a lovely plant in my garden, but I'm wondering if I've done something wrong- It is a very light pink with almost no yellow


On May 26, 2009, flora_p from Champaign, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love this peony--it's got a drunken, happy-go-lucky generosity that I find irresistible. Yes, it does sprawl, and the blooms get paler and smaller after the first flush (though I still think the play of colors and textures is charming, and I really like the shape of the smaller flowers). But it's got a lovely fresh scent, it gives you armfuls of blooms to cut while still leaving plenty on the plant, and it keeps blooming longer than my other peonies.


On May 26, 2008, suel from Vinton, VA wrote:

My plant is new, and the blooms look like Poppysue's first picture. I was a little disappointed they faded to completely cream-white fairly fast. Maybe it will stay colored longer after the plant matures. But it's beautiful when it first opens!


On Oct 7, 2002, rosespace wrote:

Peonies like to be planted shallowly; the budding tips should only be 2" down. Add bone meal to good soil in the yard; do not add nitrogen or nitrogenous compost.