Notable characteristics: Large yellow blossoms with light scarlet flares at the center. Mature plants are long blooming, with flowers opening over the span of two weeks. Fast growing and very floriferous. Large, dark green leaves last well into autumn, making an excellent landscape subject. Winner of the American Peony Society Award of Landscape Merit and the Gold Medal. Deer resistant.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Intersectional peony, Don Hollingsworth, 1984.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Low and spreading, grows to 2.5' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Semi-double, rose form blossoms, 7-8" and upward facing. Flowers held well above and around the dark green foliage.
Flower fragrance: Light, sweet.
Bloom time: Late season 'Itoh' intersectional hybrid peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the first through third week of June. Consistently one of the last peonies to bloom in our garden.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 4-5 'eye' with a well developed root system. This size plant will most likely flower its first or second spring in the ground.
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.