Glowing Purple Clouds of the Immortals, Chinese tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 紫霞仙 Zi Xia Xian
Notable characteristics: This historic cultivar dates from the Ming dynasty. Magenta red with dark purple at the base of the petals, these lotus shaped flowers are upwards facing and 7-8" in diameter. Prolific bloomer with a sweet fragrance.
Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
When we were in China in 1999, we visited the famous Twin Pagoda Temple in the city of Taiyuan in Shanxi province. The temple complex was constructed late in the Ming Dynasty, during the reign of the emperor Wan Li (1572-1620). Tree peonies were planted in the main courtyard between the two pagodas. One of the original cultivars planted was 'Glowing Purple Clouds of the Immortals.' We were very fortunate to see 10 plants of this cultivar in full bloom. They were 5' tall and 10' wide, covered with blooms! To read more about this historic tree peony, see this article.
Cultivar group, area of origin: Central Plains cultivar group, this historical cultivar dates to the Ming Dynasty.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Spreading habit, grows to 4' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Single to double form, 7-8".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Early season tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven is USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have at least 1 woody stem and a proportional root system. This size plant will most likely flower its first or second spring in the ground.
When we ship: This peony is for FALL 2017 shipping only. Order to reserve now! We operate like a CSA (community supported agriculture) where payment in received in advance of the harvest, and the produce is reserved for the customer. Our produce is our nursery stock, which can only be harvested in the fall, when the current season's growth is complete.
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.