Chinese Peony, Garden Peony
Paeonia lactiflora 'Do Tell'

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Do Tell
Hybridized by Auten
Registered or introduced: 1946
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Gardiner, Maine

Victoria, Minnesota

Wilmot, New Hampshire

Arlington, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On May 31, 2010, FaithieAnn from Victoria, MN wrote:

I've had two of these easy and care-free plants in my garden for 4 years. They have bloomed in late May to early June. Each had 4-5 blooms the first year, but now give me about 20 blooms each. The petals are a delicate pink and the center colors are pink, dusty rose and a bit of yellow. The blooms stand-up just fine and have not yet required any staking or ring support. Many of these Japanese-anemone forms have no fragrance, but these DO have a fresh and lovely peony scent without being too overpowering. They have survived the harsh Minnesota winters with no special protection of any kind. They have not had any signs of pests or blight. The cut flowers are a delightful show-stopper! Everyone wants to know what they are! Highly recommended.