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Paeonia lactiflora 'Shirley Temple'

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

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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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive carrielamont On Apr 5, 2014, carrielamont from Euless, TX (Zone 8a) 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.

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

Not as floppy as my larger-flowered peonies.


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
Walnut Grove, Washington
Martinsburg, West Virginia

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