Golden Wheel, Chinese herbaceous peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 黃金輪 Huang Jin Lun
Notable characteristics: Pure yellow double flowers are held up on strong stems. A very handsome, bright green foliage emerges from distinctive chartreuse early spring growth. Distinctive golden roots are unique among herbaceous peonies. Somewhat slow growing, but a very rare, and truly unique peony. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
In the 'Gardener's Peony' by Martin Page, it is noted that this cultivar "was first recorded during the Tang Dynasty (circa AD 800) when one was given to the Chinese Emperor. There is no further mention of the plant until approximately 200 years ago, when it was rediscovered by Zhao De-King, a breeder of herbaceous and tree peonies during the Qing Dynasty."
Species, place of origin: Paeonia lactiflora, Luoyang city, Henan province, China.
Growth habit and size at maturity: Grows to 3' tall and wide.
Flower form and size: Well-formed double blossoms, 5". Flowers held well on strong stems.
Flower fragrance: Light and sweet.
Bloom time: Mid-season herbaceous peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-8.
Plant sizes: Larger size: 4-5 'eyes' or buds with proportional roots. This size plant will most likely flower its first or second spring. Smaller size: 2-3 'eyes' or buds with proportional roots. This size plant will likely flower its second spring.
When we ship: This peony is for FALL 2018 shipping. Reserve early, limited supply, field dug in fall.
We do have some of the $79 size potted at the nursery this spring.
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.