Chinese Peony, Garden Peony 'Duchesse De Nemours'

Paeonia lactiflora

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Duchesse De Nemours
Hybridized by Guerin-Calot
Registered or introduced: 1846
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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


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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

Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut

Chillicothe, Illinois

Lake In The Hills, Illinois

Saint Joseph, Illinois

Danville, Indiana

Frankfort, Kentucky

Gardiner, Maine

Ithaca, New York

Tangent, Oregon

Orwell, Vermont

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 26, 2009, sharonf1 from Lake in the Hills, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have two of these planted in a southwest corner flanking a birdhouse (AM sun, PM shade). They get little attention other than an added peony support in spring to gather up the year's growth and deadheading as the blooms fade. The first year, they were just planted and still gave a decent show of blooms. This year the number of blooms was doubled.


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

Pretty white double peony. This is an old peony with cup-shaped, white double flowers, slightly fragrant. Likes well drained soil and seems resistant to botrytis blight moreso than others. I have 2 planted near an area that gets flooded when we have heavy rains, and while it drains quickly, I had to move other peony bushes who ended up with blight because of the wet conditions.

I have tried drying these for arrangements, but unless the year is on the dry side, they will turn brown when dry.