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Paeonia lactiflora 'Monsieur Jules Elie'

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

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4 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LauraSteele On Jun 11, 2011, LauraSteele from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Hybridized and introduced by Crousse in 1888. Love this peony. It has everything you could want in a flower; beauty, fragrance, easy care, etc. One of my favorites.

Lee R. Bonnewitz Peony and Iris catolog of 1928:
M. JULES ELIE (Crousse). A very large silvery pink Peony with wide guards surrounding a large bunch of comparatively narrow incurved petals, something like a monster chrysanthemum. It is very tall, and has strong stems, but the blooms grow so very large that the tall strong stems cannot support them. One of the most valuable show flowers in the world, and when properly supported it attracts a great deal of attention as a garden plant. $1.50.

Per the APS website:
MONS. JULES ELIE (Crousse, 1888) - Double - Pink - Early. Tall. Moderate fragrance. Very large. Light rose-pink of the dull-opaque quality seen in pink chrysanthemums; broad, smooth guard petals; center incurved and silvered with light grayish pink. Very free-flowering; stems lax and loose. Foliage light green. One of the most popular of all peonies. Its stems are bad for garden use, but it is most effective when cut.

Positive aebloom On Aug 27, 2010, aebloom from Potomac, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is glorious! Grows very healthy in zone 7 here, doubling in size til it reaches three feet high. The flowers are simply splendid. They reach over 8" in diameter, and smell delicious! Tons of flowers per plant. My only complaint is that they are weighed down by sudden rain. Definitely need to be staked.

Positive Pamgarden On May 19, 2008, Pamgarden from Central, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Has voloptuous three-tiered blooms. The fragrance is subtle.

Positive sterhill On May 28, 2005, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have three of these plants and they are beautiful! Not much care of any kind once established. I have had to move them a couple of times and had no trouble.


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

Sterling, Alaska
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Norcross, Georgia
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Gardiner, Maine
Potomac, Maryland
Elba, New York
Yorktown Heights, New York
Nellysford, Virginia

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