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Data specific to Peonies (Edit)
Originator/Registrant: Miellez
Year of Registration or Introduction: 1851
Cultivar Group (Type): Lactiflora
Season of bloom: Early (week 2)
Flower Form: Full Double
Flower Color: White
Flower color description: White, with prominent crimson flakes on a few central petals
Needs support: No

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Plant Spread: 24-36 inches
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Various insects
Child plants: one child plant

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We're Celebrating Peonies!We're Celebrating Peonies!
By dave on May 23, 2015

We open the Peonies Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars in our peonies database. Join us as we spend the week celebrating these wonderful blooms.

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Location: In my garden. Poland.
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Location: Obelisk garden, full sunDate: 2006-0601
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Date: 2019-06-25
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Date: 2019-06-25
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Location: Obelisk garden, full sunDate: 2012-0526This peony is well over 50 years old.
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Location: Obelisk garden, full sunDate: 2011-0531
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Date: 2019-06-25
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Location: So. NHDate: 2011-06-06
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Location: Obelisk garden, full sunDate: 2013-0601Garden setting
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Location: 52404Date: 2018-09-15
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Location: Oregon Date: 2020-05-23FESTIVA MAXIMA PEONY
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Date: 2012-04-21
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Date: 2012-05-29
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Date: 2012-05-29
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Photo Courtesy of Crossview Gardens. Used with Permission.
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Location: Obelisk garden, full sunDate: 2011-0515
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.Date: 2008-06-15  6:25 pm. Those red flecks top it all off.
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.Date: 2008-06-07  6:58 pm. Just on the verge of bursting open.
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Location: In my garden. Poland.
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Location: In my garden. Poland.
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Location: southeast OhioDate: 2017-05-08
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: maynewly emerging in spring
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: Apr 20, 2011 5:27 PM
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Location: VirginiaDate: 2011-05-02First bloom
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Photo Courtesy of Homestead Farms Nursery. Used with Permission.
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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-05-28
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Location: CZ Sirem My gardenDate: 2015-06-11
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2015-10-18Peony, Festiva Maxima flower buds
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Location: In my garden. Poland.
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Location: North Eastern PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-06-04
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Date: 2012-05-29
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Date: 2007-01-30Courtesy Peony Paradise
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Location: Obelisk garden, full sunDate: 2011-0416
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Posted by Deebie (midstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Apr 20, 2014 7:41 PM

This is one of the few early blooming varieties that grows well in the South. Its double flowers are full and beautiful. Be sure to use plant supports for these flowers as the stems will bend/break because of the weight of the blooms, especially when it's wet.

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Posted by TexasPlumeria87 (Plano, TX - Zone 8a) on Jan 5, 2013 6:08 AM

The winters can be very mild here, so I rarely see blooms.

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Posted by frankrichards16 (Clinton, Michigan - Zone 5b) on Apr 12, 2018 10:14 AM

"Paeonia 'Festiva Maxima', (2-DB-W) lactiflora cultivar Peony, (Miellez, 1851), USDA Hardiness Zone 2, Medium height, very large flowers, white petals, crimson markings on center petals, fragrant, early bloomer, Michigan Bloom Month 5-6.

An old reliable white, an heirloom. Often has center petals that are splashed, streaked, and/or edged with crimson. Some reports that it is a good cut flower, while others say it does not last. "

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