Chinese Peony, Garden Peony 'Dancing Butterflies'

Paeonia lactiflora

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dancing Butterflies
Additional cultivar information:(aka Fen Yu Nu, Little Medicine Man)
Hybridized by Unknown
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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

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bay City, Michigan

Stephenson, Michigan

Gold Hill, North Carolina

Mars, Pennsylvania

Clarkston, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 2, 2018, SecretMonkey from Salisbury, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I/m pretty sure, after conferring with a peony expert, that this is what I have, however I still have a few doubts. This is listed in the US as a mid season peony with "8 cm" blooms. Mine was the first peony to bloom ( along with early season iris) in the NC Piedmont, and the blooms are HUGE! At least 6-7 inches wide. And I have often wondered at the limitations of most posted plant photos here- always taken too close up to the bloom, so you can't see the size of the shrub / flowers in relation to their environs. Most photos of peonies are taken from the top of the bloom so you can't see the sides or coloration of the outer petals. Mine has a broad white "streak" on the under sides of the outer petals, so when the wind blows you get flashes of silvery white . It is also listed as frag... read more


On May 26, 2008, suel from Vinton, VA wrote:

My Dancing Butterfly has large diameter blooms that stay bright pink and don't fade. I love the golden yellow center, accents the bloom beautifully. No staking needed. Love it!