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Paeonia lactiflora 'Whitleyi Major' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

All parts can cause stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green and Red in 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 'Whitleyi Major'

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

'Whitleyi Major' is an herbaceous perennial to 75cm tall, with divided, red-tinged foliage and cupped, pure white, single flowers 10cm wide, with prominent yellow stamens, in early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-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

Soil

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

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

Can get leaf and bud eelworms and caterpillars

Diseases

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