Koningin Wilhelmina, heirloom herbaceous peony
Notable characteristics: Rose-pink double blossoms and deep green foliage lend this peony a classic air. As the flower ages, the edges of the petals lighten. This graceful heirloom has a place in our garden, just as it did in our grandmother's. Stems are long and best as cut flowers. For landscape use, support may be necessary. This cultivar is best suited for the cutting garden, where the magnificent blossoms can be brought indoors and enjoyed for over a week.
'Koningin Wilhelmina' was selected by the famous Dutch nurseryman, Dr. Ernst Heinrich Krelage. He named this peony after Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who reigned from 1890 to 1948. Krelage was the scion of a family which had been active in the Dutch bulb industry since the early 19th century. The Krelage nursery in Haarlem was well known in the Netherlands and throughout Europe for their flower bulbs, lilies, and dahlias. They won more than 800 medals at world exhibitions and horticultural shows, and provide cut flowers and planting stock to many European royal courts.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Lactiflora, Krelage, 1912.
Growth habit and size at maturity: 3' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Double, 8-10".
Flower fragrance: Strong, spicy-sweet scent.
Bloom time: Mid-season lactiflora herbaceous peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 4-5 'eye' plants with a well developed root system. This size plant will most likely flower its first or second spring in the ground.
When we ship: Orders will ship in FALL 2017.
Potted stock on this plant is available at the nursery for pickup this spring. Sorry, we do not ship potted plants.