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Paeonia lactiflora 'Karl Rosenfeld'

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Karl Rosenfeld
Hybridized by Rosenfeld; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1908

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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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kzmiller On Jun 23, 2009, kzmiller from Washougal, WA wrote:

I bought this peony from a discount bin. The first year it survived, the second year it thrived, and the third year rewarded me with a lush profusion of blooms. I have a couple of different clumps now. One is in good loam, and the other is in a more clay situation that gets quite dry in the summer. We also have very wet winters. The clumps don't appear to suffer from rot when it's wet, and they hang tough through the dry season. Both clumps are in heavily-planted beds and the crowding doesn't seem to bother them. A very nice, sturdy peony for our area in the Pacific Northwest.

Side note: In 2009 we got quite a few feet of snow that killed several otherwise reliable perennials. The peonies bloomed afterward just as nicely as they have all the other years.

Positive stormyla On Apr 6, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I first planted four of these four years ago. They are growing in various degrees of part shade. They grow well and bloom profusely. Each year I have added 2 more. In part shade, they require staking. Last year toward the end of the summer, they were attacked by powdery mildew, which gave the foliage a silvery color, which I actually enjoyed.

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

Just got one of these for my birthday, says it grows 30", blooms in spring, likes full sun and perennializes easy.

Ours need to be planted in April- June (zones 5-7) and will bloom in spring. I am assuming it will bloom the following spring and not the same spring it is planted..?

I am thinking it would go nicely with our tiger lily perhaps in a large pot with a mixture of other bulbs.

Positive lmelling On Oct 28, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

A nice raspberry red double peony. One cultivar that I grow and cut for dried arrangements. More of a medium size blossom.


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

Gurley, Alabama
Weaver, Alabama
Oxford, Connecticut
Norcross, Georgia
Niles, Illinois
Oak Forest, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Gardiner, Maine
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Dracut, Massachusetts
Cut Bank, Montana
Piscataway, New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey
Ithaca, New York (2 reports)
Southold, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Coshocton, Ohio
Baker City, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Farmington, Utah
Rosalia, Washington
Selah, Washington
Washougal, Washington

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