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Paeonia lactiflora 'Laura Dessert' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White, Pale Pink and Pale Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Pale Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

peony 'Laura Dessert'

Family

Paeoniaceae


Paeonia may be herbaceous perennials or deciduous sub-shrubs with large, divided leaves and showy large bowl-shaped flowers, usually in early summer

'Laura Dessert' is an herbaceous perennial to 75cm in height, with rather pale, divided foliage. Fragrant, double flowers 15-20cm in width, have white petals tinged with pink, surrounding yellowish inner petaloid stamens

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Best in a deep, fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist but well-drained in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. May need support. Long-lived plant but resents disturbance

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn or early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Remove dead flowers as they fade, then cut back plant after the foliage has died down in autumn

Pests

May be attacked by eelworms and swift moth larvae

Diseases

May be subject to a virus, honey fungus and peony wilt