Data specific to Peonies (Edit)
Originator/Registrant: Lemoine
Year of Registration or Introduction: 1906
Cultivar Group (Type): Lactiflora
Season of bloom: Late (week 6)
Flower Form: Full Double
Flower Color: Pink
Flower color description: Dark rose-pink, edged a trifle lighter, with inconspicuous red edges on a few central petals, and an occasional golden yellow anther in the collar.
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: 33 - 35 inches
Plant Spread: 31 - 35 inches
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Uses: Cut Flower
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollinators: Various insects
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: RHS AGM 1993, 2020
Child plants: one child plant

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Common names
  • Peony
  • Chinese Peony
  • Garden Peony

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Date: 2019-06-28
Location: Huntsville, Al
Date: 2022-05-11
Uploaded by NMay
Uploaded by NMay
Uploaded by NMay

Date: 2021-04-23
Location: Beautiful Tennessee 
Date: May 4, 2014
Love the color
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2022-06-10
Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt'.
Location: Bochum, Germany
Date: 2019-06-10
Location: South Carolina
Date: Spring

Date: 2012-05-23
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2023-05-24
Location: Blaine TN
Date: 2020-05-16
Front garden bed
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2023-06-01
Location: Botanical Garden of Moscow State University
Date: 2010-06-12
Photo courtesy of: Kor!An
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2023-05-24
Location: southeast Ohio
Date: 2017-05-17
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2020-05-31
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-10-27
"Paeonia 'Sarah Bernhardt', 2017, (4-DB-PK) Chinese or lactiflora

Credit florum
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2023-06-01
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 28 June 2021
Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt
Location: At a nursery
Date: Jun 10, 2009 12:19 PM
Location: Fairfax, VA | May, 2023
Date: 2023-05-15
Location: Bochum, Germany
Date: 2022-06-04
Location: Lehi, Utah
Date: 2016-05-30

Photo courtesy of Nate Bremer of Solaris Farms
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-07-05

Photo courtesy of:  Mike Bowler
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2009-06-07
In my garden....

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Upstate New York
Location: Southern Indiana 
Date: 2019-05-29
Location: Upstate New York
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2023-06-13
Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt').
Location: Shamong, NJ
Date: 2016-05-30
Location: my front yard
Date: 2018-05-29
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2022-06-08

Date: 2012-05-23
Uploaded by DianeSeeds
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2015-05-29

Date: 2019-06-01
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-10-27
"Paeonia 'Sarah Bernhardt', 2017, (4-DB-PK) Chinese or lactiflora
Location: Bochum, Germany
Date: 2019-06-10
Location: At a nursery
Date: 2012-06-18
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2022-05-20
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2023-06-15
Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt').
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2019-06-16
just opening
Location: southeast Ohio
Date: 2017-05-16
Location: Louisville KY
Date: 2023-05-09
Peony lactifflora Sarah Bernhardt showing support needed and deep
Location: Bochum, Germany
Date: 2022-06-01
Location: Philadelphia

Date: 2021-04-20
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-07-05
Location: Darwell Rolling Woods, Alberta
Date: 2007-05-27
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (May 2022)
Date: 2022-05-23
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (May 2022)
Date: 2022-05-23
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2022-05-30
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-06-19
Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt') bloom

Photo Courtesy of Homestead Farms Nursery. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2007-01-31
Courtesy Peony Paradise
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Credit florum
Location: Home
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2022-05-30
Uploaded by frankrichards16
Location: Fairfax, VA | June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-01
writhering
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-06-19
Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt') buds

Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
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Comments:
  • Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 25, 2014 4:36 AM concerning plant:
    This is a good peony for all climates, and especially for the South, because it blooms early before it gets too hot. By Mother's Day in May, these blooms are finished after giving a great early spring show. When the 95+ temps start, the foliage can get a little crispy, so in my zone 8a garden I plant lantana just behind this peony. By June, when the peony foliage is getting wilted, the lantana blooms and distracts the eye from the peony leaves. By mid to late summer the lantana actually covers the peony to shade it from the heat and the eye. In november, after frost kills the lantana, cut it back, and in spring the cycle will start over. This works even in a prominent front yard display.
  • Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on May 24, 2015 4:30 PM concerning plant:
    I cut a bloom from 'Sarah B' to bring into the house this afternoon. The scent is intoxicating, sweet but not musky, a lovely floral perfume. My little row of peonies is getting too much shade this year (something I can correct with a little pruning of the willows on either side of the bed), but 'Sarah B' bloomed anyway! My neighbor has a peony growing very happily by her south-facing foundation... pretty sure it's also 'Sarah B', and it's huge this year, at least 4 feet across and covered with blooms!
  • Posted by frankrichards16 (Clinton, Michigan - Zone 5b) on Apr 4, 2018 1:40 PM concerning plant:
    Paeonia 'Sarah Bernhardt', (4-DB-PK) lactiflora cultivar Peony, (Lemoine, 1906), USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8, 36" large double, light pink, some red edges, lighter tips, side-buds, slight fragrance, occasional gold anther in collar, late bloomer. Bloom Month 5-6. Bred by Victor Lemoine (1823-1911) & son, Emile Lemoine (1862-1942) from Nancy, France. They have 83 peonies listed with the APS.
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dnrevel On May 4, 2023 Potted up
Planted the large, healthy looking root (tuber) in a pot, then will plant in the ground once it has started growing. Purchased with another variety, separately packaged, from Costco in 2023.
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