Peonies forum: Peony Identification

Views: 522, Replies: 15 » Jump to the end
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
Image
SunnyBorders
Dec 30, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Hi,

I bought this mislabelled peony more than five years ago.
Is it possible to identify this white bomb peony as 'Charlie's White' ?
I haven't noticed a fragrance, though I don't notice fragrances in any of our 15 or so peonies.

Thanks,
Charlie

June 11, 2016
Thumb of 2017-12-30/SunnyBorders/caf3d8

Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Dec 30, 2017 5:47 PM CST
really good-looking, but i have no idea if it is charlie...

Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
Cat Lover
Image
anyagoro
Dec 30, 2017 7:13 PM CST
Could be 'Charlie's White'. Very nice blooms!
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
LizinElizabeth
Dec 30, 2017 8:06 PM CST
when it comes up this spring take pics as it emerges and every stage along the way. Note whether it has side buds and what the foliage looks like and what named peonies are blooming at the same time. Definitely check for fragrance and post back here. All of us have NOIDs, we should all post the same info to see if we can narrow down possibilities.
LizB
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
Image
SunnyBorders
Dec 30, 2017 10:51 PM CST
Thanks, Frank, Anya, Liz.

Liz, kind suggestion. Will do.
I really don't like not knowing the name of a cultivar. Chronic perfectionist?
I think I bought the peony in question as 'Sword Dance', but do usually try to buy perennials in flower.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
Image
Mieko2
Dec 31, 2017 8:27 AM CST
Here is my Charlie's White. Others blooming at this same time were Buckeye Belle, Heidi, and Sword Dance!

Thumb of 2017-12-31/Mieko2/a13b63

LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
kousa
Dec 31, 2017 9:20 AM CST
Here are some photos of my Charlie's White for your comparison.

Thumb of 2017-12-31/kousa/710139

Thumb of 2017-12-31/kousa/27c901

Thumb of 2017-12-31/kousa/72629b

Side bud bloom
Thumb of 2017-12-31/kousa/3544e4

Other white peonies with similar forms that I can think of are Bridal Shower and Eastern Star. You can try to compare yours to those to see if they resemble yours esp following the guideline given by Liz above.
[Last edited by kousa - Dec 31, 2017 9:25 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1611142 (7)
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
Image
SunnyBorders
Dec 31, 2017 8:11 PM CST
Really appreciate the pictures and info, LG, Karen.
Making comparisons and will certainly follow Liz's advice.

I've been planting and maintaining mixed perennial beds for over 30 years but only came to peonies less than 10 years ago. We now have too many for our own small property but really recognize some of their attraction (not least their hardiness and longevity). Have heard it said that the average longevity of herbaceous perennials, in mixed perennial beds, is 3 or 4 years. Of course, the unruly (prolific runners and seeders) do much better, but are really part of the problem.

And like the garden phlox, everybody notices the peonies when they're in bloom; such lovely colours!
[Last edited by SunnyBorders - Dec 31, 2017 8:12 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1611585 (8)
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
Bulbs Region: Canadian Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
CarolineScott
Jan 1, 2018 9:43 AM CST
Peonies are long lived-I have several for well over 30 years.
One neighbour has some which are probably 50 years old.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
pirl
Jan 1, 2018 10:12 AM CST
Two of mine were planted by the original home owners in 1962.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
Image
SunnyBorders
Jan 1, 2018 11:12 AM CST
Caroline, Arlene, interesting to hear.

As with our hellebores, I'd say their longevity alone would make our peonies very good buys.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jan 1, 2018 11:30 AM CST
Wow. Didn't realize you guys had such long lived peonies. Mine are mere babies then. Guess I won't be around for their 30+ birthdays. lol.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
pirl
Jan 1, 2018 8:08 PM CST
If you did make it for another 30 years we'd probably all be compost by then!
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jan 2, 2018 10:47 PM CST
ROTFL. Ya' think. :)
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
Image
SunnyBorders
Jan 3, 2018 12:08 PM CST
The old gardeners' adage is "Gardens die with their gardener". Guess we should add "---, except the peonies".
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jan 3, 2018 1:04 PM CST
I am afraid that will happen to mine. I want to remember to do as Jerry did and offer my peonies to others here and at home before selling my house. Assuming I cannot dig them and move them to a new home.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Peonies forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by sunnyvalley and is called "Aster and Sedum"