Yang Gui Fei Steps Out of the Bath, Chinese herbaceous peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 貴妃出浴 Gui Fei Chu Yu
Notable characteristics: Fragrant, luscious petals are white with a pale blush tone when first open. This quickly changes to pure white within the first day of opening. Enormous flowers are well supported by strong stems.Considered by Chinese growers as one of their best herbaceous peonies.
This cultivar is named for the famed concubine of the Tang dynasty, Yang Gui Fei. The emperor Xuanzong first laid eyes on her when she was in the imperial baths. He was so blinded by his love for Yang Gui Fei, that he failed to see that she was plotting a rebellion against him with his most trusted general, An Lu Shan. Today, more than a thousand years after she lived, Yang Gui Fei is still remembered as one of the great beauties of ancient China.
Species, place of origin: Paeonia lactiflora, Luoyang city, Henan province, China. Classical cultivar.
Growth habit and size at maturity : Grows to 3.5' tall and wide.
Flower form and size: Double, hundred proliferate, 7-8", upright blossoms borne on strong stems.
Flower fragrance: Dense, spicy sweet scent.
Bloom time: Late season herbaceous peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 3-8.
Plant size: 4-5 'eyes' or buds with proportional roots. This size plant will most likely flower its second season in the ground.