Garden Peony, Hybrid species cross 'Scarlett O'Hara'


Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Scarlett O'Hara
Hybridized by Falk-Glasscock
Registered or introduced: 1956
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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)

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

Brookfield, Connecticut

Colbert, Georgia

Roscoe, Illinois

Delhi, Iowa

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Deer River, Minnesota

Raleigh, North Carolina

Fargo, North Dakota

Media, Pennsylvania

Lexington, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 12, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

(P. lactiflora and P. officinalis)


On Apr 30, 2014, RebaC from Gulf, NC wrote:

Award of Landscape Merit 2009. Long-lived. Can be divided or left undisturbed. Showstopper.


On Apr 17, 2011, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Introduced by Falk-Glassock in 1956, a hybrid of p. officinalis x albiflora. Carston's peony project lists it as early, vigorous, spirited. It has scarlet guard petals, yellow stamen, a single flower. Heat tolerant, recommended for Sourthern gardens, takes full sun.


On Sep 11, 2008, Dodsky from Smiths Grove, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is one spectacular peony! The huge single blooms are breathtaking when they open a bright, vibrant fuchsia-pink and as they gradually age to a softer pink. The combination of new and old blooms is quite eye-catching and the substantial petals hold up well so the blooms usually last at least 4-5 days barring any strong storms.

The stems are very sturdy and upright. It's a vigorous grower and has handsome, full, darker green foliage throughout the summer until it starts to die back in the fall before going dormant. If you enjoy single peonies, you'll definitely want this one. :-)


On May 31, 2008, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

This is a stunning peony. Very tall with sturdy stems and absolutely luminescent scarlet blooms. It's the first to bloom of my 10 or so varieties and the start of my June show. I've taken no special care of mine, just planted in full sun and watered when the garden is dry.

Just get it - it is simply the best and you must have it. It just glows here in CT.


On Jun 16, 2007, jamlover from Delhi, IA wrote:

This plant definitely is a show-stopper. It withstood horrible winds all the while it was in bloom, gradually fading to a soft pink. It enjoys lavish feedings both of chemical fertilizer and composted manure to maintain sturdy stems and abundant bloom.


On Jun 16, 2006, jeveleth from Unionville, CT wrote:

This is a sensational plant! It is a very large plant - 4 ft tall and 4 ft. wide. It is a sturdy plant needing little support. The stems are 1 in. thick.The blooms are in proportion - 9 in. across. The blooms are single. The color is a vivid red with a little blue in it, the blue becoming more pronounced as the bloom ages. The gold boss is large and full. My 5 year old plant had 15 blooms this year. It takes no special care. It stops traffic!