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Benjamin Franklin Peony

SKU: AM014832
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No longer available this season.
Lightly fragrant, ‘Benjamin Franklin' Peony's deep-red double blossoms join the parade just as other peonies are fading in early summer. Perfect for cut flowers, the large outer petals cradle delicate inner petals for sumptuous blooms that star in the yard or in a flower vase. Long-lived, a peony will thrive for decades. (Paeonia lactiflora)
key features
Botanical Name
Paeonia lactiflora Benjamin Franklin
Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Mass Plantings
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer


24-36" tall x 24-36" wide. Early summer, free flowering extravagance! Peony ‘Benjamin Franklin’ blooms in June with abundant crimson-red blossoms. The double flowers unfold, inviting admiration with their gentle sweet scent. Peonies are great as cut flowers. Snip when the buds are well formed and watch them unfold. Very cold hardy and deer resistant, plant in well-drained, compost enriched soil in a sunny location. Don’t crowd peonies, good air circulation keeps them healthy and happy. Peonies live for 50 years or more, rewarding you with decades of beautiful flowers. The dark green glossy foliage adds a stately presence throughout the season. Trim off spent blooms, and clean up wilted foliage as the season ends. They will send up new shoots in the spring.