Scientific Name: Paeonia lactiflora ‘Festiva Maxima’
Plant Characteristics: A long-living perennial. It has large white fragrant blooms with occasional specks of crimson at the base of the petals. Produces the showy flowers on sturdy stems in early June and the foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season.
Plant Size: 3 ft tall and 3 ft wide
Plant Uses: The Colonists planted peonies for the flowers. Their heirloom species was introduced to the U.S. in 1852.
Cultural Needs: Full sun and neutral to slightly sweet soil/ Prefers some afternoon shade in the South.