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A perennial favorite, this Peony has super-large double flowers in pretty pastel pink. Enjoy their beauty and fabulous fragrance in arrangements, too. (Paeonia lactiflora)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 34-36" tall, 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Size Bag of 1 - Root Size: 2-3 eyes
SKU 116PER
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This pink peony with super-large flowers has always been a favorite, since the flowers are as dramatic as their namesake, the world-renowned early stage actress. Famously fragrant.

Growing Peonies: If you live where peonies grow, its the same every year in late spring. Certain homes have them in beds, borders, along drives--and anywhere they grow, they create probably the most beautiful clump of flowering of the whole season. Big, usually fluffy flowers in glossy green foliage.

Perennial peonies are what experienced gardeners call investment plants. They're some of the most permanent landscaping you can buy. In fact, many continue blooming beautifully for over 100 years. Once they're established, they're as hardy and dependable as oaks, creating a fantastic season of bloom in your yard year after year.

Planting Peonies Adding peonies to your garden is not difficult. All you need is full sun and good soil. (In even partial shade, the bloom will be scant or non-existent--keep them out in the sun!) As most gardeners know, the roots look like a bunch of carrots--thick long tapering tuber-like masses that increase every year. Feed them, water them, and the clumps will expand rapidly, and more and more blooms will result.

Types of peonies: The standard perennial peony species is Paeonia lactiflora but within the species, there are thousands of hybrids old and new. And there are several flower types:
Single Peonies are the huge, wide-open ones with just one row of overlapping petals. Like huge poppies, they create dinnerplate-size beauty that's really unmatched in the garden. The singles are less frequently seen in American gardens because of our passion for petals-people just prefer the doubles. One of the most famous singles is the breathtaking Krinkled White, an old classic and still a big favorite.
Japanese Peonies, not to be confused with Tree Peonies which often come from Japan, is a flower form somewhat similar to the singles, but with a more elaborate center. A great example is the big favorite, stunning Bowl of Beauty, with glistening cherry red petals petals plus fluffy yellow center, creating spectacular color contrast.
Semi-double Peonies are just that. They have the basic bottom row of large petals seen on the singles (often called the guard petals), but on top, there are more shorter petals, developing from the center. A great example is the beautiful red Edulis Superba.
Bomb Peonies are the ones with the guard petals flat and large, with a pile of petaling sitting upon them-sort of like a fluffly snowball sitting on a plate. Some of the most-loved and dramatic peonies are bombs including the magnificent Laura Dessert and the dramatic Raspberry Sundae As these two illustrate, there are bombs of various shapes and sizes. With Raspberry Sundae, the large bomb not only adds size and height, it gives the overall bloom a stunning palette of three colors-white guard petals, a collar of yellow, and then pastel pink making up the center. In Laura Dessert, the coloring is all white, with a hint of lemon yellow in the bomb.
Double Peonies are probably the most popular, and the most widely planted. Excellent examples are the famous Victorian introduction, Festiva Maxima with its snowy white flowers with red flecks, and Sarah Bernhardt, the all-time popular double pink with huge flowers and great fragrance. Other popular doubles are the red Karl Rosenfield and white Shirley Temple.

There's really no end to a gardeners pleasure with peonies. They're all good for cutting. The foliage stays glossy and green all summer long, and they attract almost no pests. (Don't confuse the standard perennial peony with the Tree Peony, a separate group. Tree Peonies are more shrub like, and don't die down completely each winter.)

Staking: This is important, since once a peony is established, the heavy flowers are often too heavy for its stems. You don't have to stake them, but if you don't, you're going to have big beautiful flowers nodding down in the mud. So once you have a healthy clump, use peony rings to keep them upright. The rings are simply wheel-like wire arrangements that stand up over the peony like a little wire table as the plant sprouts in the spring. With upright supports, the peony ring is placed so the shoots will grow up through the round wire bale. Of course, the foliage quickly hides the ring, and you have a beautifully-supported clump well before the flowers open. Where to find Peony Rings? GardenersSupply.com has great ones which I've used, and I recommend them.

Associated SKUs
116PERG
116PER (Bag of 1)
116FPER (Bag of 1) - Out of stock.
Common Name Peony
Botanical Name Paeonia lactiflora
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 34-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Planting Depth Plant the roots 1" to 2" below soil level with the eyes (buds) pointing up.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly, Fragrant, Cut Flowers
Ships to Canada No

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3.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable growth (6)
  • Low maintenance (4)
  • Fragrant (3)

Cons

  • Slow growth (3)

Best Uses

  • Cut flowers (4)
  • Large areas (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8), Getting started (6)
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    • Personal (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Most beautiful peony root I ever ordered

I have a peony bed with 50 peony bushes in it and I used the roots I ordered to start a new one. The new peony area is covered in decorative rock with petrified...Read complete review

I have a peony bed with 50 peony bushes in it and I used the roots I ordered to start a new one. The new peony area is covered in decorative rock with petrified wood scattered in the bed and a bird bath. The bushes are just beautiful. The price was the best I have ever found for that quality of root.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Still Waiting

I planted in the fall near another peony start-up. The one I received from a relative is doing great and will flower (I planted near the same time as the one from American...Read complete review

I planted in the fall near another peony start-up. The one I received from a relative is doing great and will flower (I planted near the same time as the one from American Meadows). The peony from American Meadows did throw up a few small shoots, so at least I know it is alive. I was told it may take a year or two to flower, but the other new peony is going full force now. I will have to see next year how it does.

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1.0

Planted the day received, nothing ever grew!

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from Charlotte, NC

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        Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

        We planted as directed on the day received, and nothing ever grew~! So sad, peonies are one of my favorite flowers~!!

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        1.0

        Hopeful they will grow better next spring.

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        from Humboldt TN

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              Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

              Doing very poorly. When I received them, my other established peony bushes were already up and in full bloom. Still only about 4 inches tall now in August. I'm hopeful they will do better next spring.

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              2.0

              Still Waiting

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              from Crystal Lake, IL

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                    Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                    I planted in the fall near another peony start-up. The one I received from a relative is doing great and will flower (I planted near the same time as the one from American Meadows). The peony from American Meadows did throw up a few small shoots, so at least I know it is alive. I was told it may take a year or two to flower, but the other new peony is going full force now. I will have to see next year how it does.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    So far so good!

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                    from Wisconsin

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                          Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                          Bought 10/13, planted as soon as it arrived, saw tiny bit of foliage last year....
                          this year i see it's little red tips sprouting up already! I was afraid it wouldn't come back after the two hard winters in a row.
                          Here's hoping for bigger foliage & blooms next year!

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Exceeding expectations

                          By 

                          from Baltimore, MD

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                          Pros

                          • Fragrant
                          • Large Bulb Size
                          • Reliable Growth

                          Cons

                          • Needs Extensive Watering
                          • Slow Growth

                          Best Uses

                          • Cut Flowers
                          • Large Areas

                          Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                          Peonies are my favorite flower - so when we bought our first home last year, I knew I needed to plant some. I was a little nervous though - I am new to gardening, and I had read that peonies can be fussy about where they are planted. Nevertheless, I took the plunge and ordered three Sarah Bernhardt tubers.

                          They came in beautifully plump and with plenty of growth eyes - well packaged and ready to go. I planted two of them at the entrance to my walkway up to the house, surrounded by tulips and daffodils (also from american meadows) - full sun and good drainage. The third I was a little more nervous about, as the only spot I had available was in dappled light on the north side of the property.

                          Well, I shouldn't have worried - all three are growing well, beautiful crimson shoots are getting taller by the day! The one in the shade is a little behind, but I expected that since it gets less sun. Can't wait for year two when I will get some blooms!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Growing well, no blooms yet

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                          from Salem, OR

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                          Pros

                          • Growing well
                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Reliable Growth

                          Cons

                          • Takes Awhile To Bloom

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas
                          • Raised Beds

                          Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                          I have this planted in a bed by the sidewalk and when it blooms, hopefully next year, it will be beautiful. The foliage is quite good looking already.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Lovely!

                          By 

                          from Pendleton, KY

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                          Pros

                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Reliable Growth

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Cut Flowers
                            • Raised Beds

                            Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                            This is my mothers favorite flower and I ordered the bare roots for her to plant in front of her home as a Mother's Day gift. My mother is a full time Nurse Practitioner and has very little time to devote to gardening. With little work the plants are growing beautifully.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            So far, so good.

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                            from Paradise, ca

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                            Pros

                            • Pest Resistant
                            • Reliable Growth

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Cut Flowers

                              Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                              It's a new plant to me as I've only seen it grow in other people's gardens. It has survived my hot summer so far with the best of my plants! So far the deer have left it alone.

                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Not making it

                              By 

                              from CT

                              About Me Avid Gardener

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Neither one is making it

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                                  I ordered two and planted them according to the instructions. These are not my first peonies, so I know what I'm doing. I have carefully sited them and ensured they had adequate water. One is virtually dead and the other is headed that way. I'm very unhappy with the product.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Peony Sarah Bernhardt

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                                  from Sneads Ferry, NC

                                  About Me Getting Started

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                                  Pros

                                  • Large Bulb Size

                                  Cons

                                  • Needs Extensive Watering
                                  • Slow Growth

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Border Control

                                  Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                                  I love peonies, it just takes a lot of care initially (watering) and soon the plant will grow.

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Most beautiful peony root I ever ordered

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                                  from Kief, ND

                                  About Me Avid Gardener

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                                  Pros

                                  • Fragrant
                                  • Long Bloom Time
                                  • Low Maintenance
                                  • Reliable Growth
                                  • Vivid Colors

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Cut Flowers
                                    • Large Areas

                                    Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                                    I have a peony bed with 50 peony bushes in it and I used the roots I ordered to start a new one. The new peony area is covered in decorative rock with petrified wood scattered in the bed and a bird bath. The bushes are just beautiful. The price was the best I have ever found for that quality of root.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    so far so good growing good no blooms

                                    By 

                                    from detroit

                                    About Me Avid Gardener

                                    Pros

                                    • Reliable Growth

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Border Control
                                      • Large Areas

                                      Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                                      has good growth so far

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Slow growth

                                      By 

                                      from Roswell, GA

                                      About Me Casual Hobbyist

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                                      Pros

                                      • Low Maintenance
                                      • Pest Resistant

                                      Cons

                                      • Slow Growth

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                                        Well, it's hard to grow peonies in our area, especially in such a hot summer as this year's. This one at least sprouted and did not die, so I'm expecting it to grow and may be even to bloom in 3-5 years.

                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Just Beautiful!

                                        By 

                                        from Chapel Hill, TN

                                        About Me Avid Gardener

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Instructions
                                        • Attractive
                                        • Healthy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Garden
                                          • Lawn
                                          • Outdoors
                                          • Patio
                                          • Pool Area

                                          Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                                          This peony is gorgeous, I planted in my front yard & have been very pleased w/ the results. Has a beautiful bloom & very fragrant.

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Very encouraging !

                                          By 

                                          from Vermont

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                                                Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                                                All are showing healthy spring growth. Too early to comment on blossoms, etc. since they are just emerging .

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                                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                Hardy Peony

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                                                from Boise, Idaho

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                                                Pros

                                                • Accurate Instructions
                                                • Attractive
                                                • Fragrant
                                                • Hardy
                                                • Healthy

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Patio

                                                  Comments about American Meadows Peony Sarah Bernhardt:

                                                  This peony plant sits in the hot sun on my deck in the summer. During the winter time I placed it under my patio table and it made it through the snowy winter in good shape. It is starting to come up now and is growing fast. I can't wait for the beautiful blooms to appear.

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