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Chinese Peony, Garden Peony 'Shirley Temple'

Paeonia lactiflora

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Shirley Temple
Hybridized by Smirnow
Registered or introduced: 1948
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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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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:

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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:

Mobile, Alabama

Lafayette, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Milton, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts

Constantine, Michigan

Portage, Michigan

Natchez, Mississippi

New Milford, New Jersey

Belfield, North Dakota

Lewis Center, Ohio

Brooks, Oregon

Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania

Ames Lake, Washington

Bellevue, Washington

Rosalia, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Martinsburg, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 5, 2014, carrielamont from Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

'Shirley Temple' represents my most successful peony experience (out of maybe two or three which died). I have learned a)peonies are not great container plants, b)they don't love to move and c)they are heavy feeders. I put this girl in the ground where she could stay for a long time and I added a lot of compost at planting time. She has gotten prettier every year. My favorite peony, incredibly fragrant, was one at my old house I don't know the name of, but 'Shirley Temple' will be our friend for a long time.


On Jun 8, 2008, EllaTiarella from Portage, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Not as floppy as my larger-flowered peonies.