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Paeonia (Peony) lactiflora ‘Shirley Temple’

‘Shirley Temple’ peony is the famous fully double white, named after the super-popular child star from the 1940s, and still a big favorite. The Peony is an extremely long-lived, hardy, shrub-like plant. Once they’re established, they’re as hardy and dependable as oaks, creating a fantastic season of bloom in your yard year after year. The spreading clumps form hedges. Peonies are a standard of the perennial border, both as specimens and in groups. Also effective as accents or herbaceous hedges along fences, sidewalks, driveways or walls. Flowers are extremely showy, and foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season, either alone or as a frame or backdrop for other flowering perennials. Excellent cut flower.

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# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
PD390BAG Paeonia (Peony) lactiflora 'Shirley Temple' 5 124 $27.00
Retail-Ready Packages
PD816000 Peony Double Assortment Retail Case Pack 25 22 $135.00

Plant Details +

Botanical Paeonia lactiflora 'Shirley Temple'
Common Name Peony
Size 2-3 eye
Height 36"
Spacing 3-4'
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Glossy, green
Flower White (double)
Bloomtime Midspring

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Easily grown in rich, fertile, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Dig a hole large enough to encompass roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the eyes (tender white swellings protruding from the crown area) are about 1 inch below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Add compost as needed before planting. If plants do not flower, possible causes include (1) planted too deep or too shallow, (2) too much shade, (3) late frost killed buds or (4) plant is too young or has been recently moved or disturbed. Large, fully double flowers usually need staking or other support because they tend to arch toward the ground in the best of weather and can be literally driven into the ground by a hard rain.

Pests or Diseases: Peonies are considered to be relatively pest free. Ants on peony buds are common and totally harmless.