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
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
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

Common names
  • Peony
  • Chinese Peony
  • Garden Peony

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  • Posted by Deebie (midstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Apr 20, 2014 7:41 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by TexasPlumeria87 (Plano, TX - Zone 8a) on Jan 5, 2013 6:08 AM concerning plant:
    The winters can be very mild here, so I rarely see blooms.
  • Posted by frankrichards16 (Clinton, Michigan - Zone 5b) on Apr 12, 2018 10:14 AM concerning plant:
    "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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