Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Big Ben') in the Peonies Database

Data specific to Peonies (Edit)
Originator/Registrant: Auten
Year of Registration or Introduction: 1943
Cultivar Group (Type): Lactiflora
Season of bloom: Early (week 2)
Flower Form: Full Double
Flower Color: Red
Flower color description: Medium dark red bomb; opens well, large bloom on stiff stems.
Flower size: Large
Needs support: No

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
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: 3 to 4 feet (.9-1.2 m)
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Uses: Cut Flower


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Posted by frankrichards16 (Clinton, Michigan - Zone 5b) on Mar 28, 2018 8:37 AM

Paeonia 'Big Ben' (Auten, 1943) is a 36" tall, full double lactiflora species cultivar with deep red flowers and small sidebuds. Stout reddish stems and a sweet fragrance. Sometimes described as a dark red bomb. Edward Auten Jr. (1881-1974) was a Princeville, Illinois banker that introduced close to 300 new peony cultivars. Started out as a hobby and ended up as a full time profession. He was especially noted for his red peonies like 'Big Ben', 'Chocolate Soldier', and 'Early Scout'.

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