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Festiva Maxima Double Peony

Paeonia x 'Festiva Maxima'

Huge, double, snow white blooms with an occasional pink tinge and crimson splash displayed on bold, erect stems in mid to late spring. A choice cut flower for a classic bouquet. The showy spring blooms and fast growing clump of handsome, deep green foliage is an excellent background plant for spring bulbs, perennial beds, and mixed shrub borders. An herbaceous perennial.
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Full sun

Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.


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Botanical Pronunciationpay-OHN-ee-uh
Average Size at MaturityFast growing to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasPlant close to your outdoor living areas to enjoy its rich, fragrant aroma. The large, double blooms can be enjoyed from a distance as well, planted as a single accent or in groups mixed into large beds and borders. Going back centuries to their humble beginnings in China, they are a must in any Asian inspired garden. Their cultivation has taken place all over the world so they are equally at home in an English, European and Northern U.S. setting. Cut flowers will add interest to table settings and provide a wonderful fragrance in your home.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Clump Forming, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Mock Orange (Philadelphus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Phlox (Phlox); Bellflower (Campanula)

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. May remove seed heads after bloom for a neat appearance. Prune foliage in fall.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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