Dragon Claw, intersectional 'Itoh' peony
Notable characteristics: Small, very dark maroon flowers resemble those of the tree peony species P. delavayi. Those familiar with the wild trilliums of the woods of New England will recognize this shade of dark maroon red. This semi-dwarf hybrid peony is offered exclusively by Cricket Hill Garden. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Intersectional peony, Frank Simone, early 1990s.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Spreading, grows to 2' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Single form blossoms, 3-4" and upward facing. Flowers held well above the foliage.
Flower fragrance: Light, spicy.
Bloom time: Early season 'Itoh' intersectional hybrid peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the last week of May and first two weeks of June. Long blooming cultivar.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 4-5 'eyes' ( buds) with a well developed root system. This size plant will most likely flower its first or second spring in the ground.
When we ship: USDA Zones 4-9
About us: Cricket Hill Garden is a family owned and operated nursery founded in 1989 and based in Connecticut. We propagate and grow the vast majority of the plants we sell. Most garden centers and nurseries do the opposite of this, 'buying in' and reselling most plants they offer. Growing our own stock allows us to offer the rare and unusual plants we sell as well as provide the highest quality plants to the discerning gardener. We do not use synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fungicides in our nursery production.