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

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sorbet

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive upallnightagain On May 28, 2012, upallnightagain from Jonesboro, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Absolutely beautiful! I planted this bareroot 10 years ago this year and it's performed better every year, although each year I think it's not possible for it to look any better. If it gets the sun it needs it thrives. Other than when initially planted, I've never watered this plant, never fed it or treated it with anything. So it blows my socks off with just the clay soil it's planted in and all the sun it can stand. I'm posting a picture of it in all it's glory now! The blooms aren't as huge and pendulous as some other varieties, but they're showy in coloring plus they don't hit the ground under their own weight. I do have to use peony supports, but on the larger bloomed varieties sometimes they bend or break under the weight of the blooms even with supports. Sorbet just looks beautifully displayed with it's blooms upright and perfect. This peony gets a Positive PLUS rating from me! If I ever need to move, she's getting dug!

Positive jazzy1okc On Apr 6, 2010, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

Although all types of peonies are much appreciated, this is an especially great great choice for Oklahoma gardeners because the blooms shed rain quickly and aren't as easily damaged by wind. Spring can be tough on the big fancy blooms!

Positive Treewomano On Apr 13, 2007, Treewomano from Pryor, OK wrote:

Good performer, bloomed first season after planting. I got seed pods and let them mature but after drying and opening pods discovered that seed appeared immature and not viable.
Plant did very well and survived ice storms, with 5 eyes in second season. It is located in very poor, rocky clay soil with placement at eastern exposure.
Wonderful fragrance and fairly long lasting bloom.

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

"Bomb" type peony, and one which I dry for floral arrangements. They add a "different" look to an arrangement because the center sometimes dries two toned and gives an unusual look.

These were the first peony bushes I planted and have been dependable and hearty here in zone 5. For someone who just wants a beautiful bush to enjoy, I recommend Sorbet. They're just gorgeous.

Make sure you plant any peony root with the eyes not deeper than 1 1/2", otherwise it will take several years for them to bloom. Water more in spring prior to bloom, plant in well drained soil.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska
Sacramento, California
Titusville, Florida
Jonesboro, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Itasca, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Durham, Maine
Frazee, Minnesota
Brunswick, Missouri
Laurel, Montana
Clifton Park, New York
Ithaca, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Ashland, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pryor, Oklahoma
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Portsmouth, Virginia

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