The Q&A Archives: Peonies

Question: My daughter has a peony that has a huge dougle white flower and has a wonderful fregrance, unfortunatelhy she does not know the variety - any ideas????

Answer: I have a few ideas: Ann Cousins is a white, full double, fragrant, late, 32" tall, cultivar; Baroness Schroeder is blush to white, double, mildly fragrant, late-midseason, 35" tall, cultivar. A double flower that opens blush turning white. A mild fragrance on a tall flower makes a good cut flower; Duchess de Nemours is a creamy-white, double, fragrant, midseason, 34" tall, cultivar. Globe-shaped, creamy-white flower with green carpels. A much loved old favorite!

Elsa Sass, White, double, fragrant, late, 28" tall, lactiflora cultivar. Large, perfectly formed rose-type flowers with a texture like velvet.

Gardenia, blush-white, double, light fragrance, midseason, 34" tall, lactiflora cultivar. Golden stamens mixed with center petals on a very beautiful gardenia shaped flower.

Lancaster Imp, milky white, bomb-type double, fragrant, midseason, 32" tall, lactiflora cultivar. This is a wonderful landscape plant that holds its flowers at the surface of the foliage. Compact bloom good for floral arrangements.

Le Cygne, Ivory-white, double, fragrant, early-midseason, 34" tall, lactiflora cultivar. Name means 'The Swan'. A very large, perfectly formed double, opening creamy white, aging to pure white with a touch of green at the heart. A long-time favorite.

Shirley Temple, white, double, light fragrance, midseason, 34" tall, lactiflora cultivar. Medium-sized, pale pink fading to white blossoms with petals arranged in whorls. Very delicate appearance.

If the description doesn't quite fit your plant, you might try an internet search using the cultivar name and you may be able to pull up a photo for comparison.

Hope you find your peony's true identity!

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