Notable characteristics: Blossoms open pink and will lighten gracefully as the flower ages. Center of flower has remarkable color contrasts. Petals are slightly ruffled and look as if they are made of silk. Excellent grower with beautiful foliage. Intersectional or Itoh hybrid peonies are crosses between tree and herbaceous peonies. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Hybridizer, year introduced: Roger Anderson, 1986.
Growth habit and size at maturity: Symmetrical, flowers held well above the foliage. Grows to 30" tall and 36" wide.
Flower form and size: Semi-double, 6-7" on strong stems.
Flower fragrance: Light and sweet.
Bloom time: This intersectional peony is always the first one to open in this group of peonies, hence its name. Blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden at the end of May or first week June, depending on the warmth of the season.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 4-5 'eyes' or buds with proportional roots. Likely to bloom this spring.
When we ship: Can ship now to USDA zones 8 & 9. Zones 4-7 ship in early spring, 2017.
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.