Rare Flower of Frosty Dew, Chinese herbaceous peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 奇花露霜 Qi Hua Lu Shunag
Notable characteristics: Rich rosy red outer guard petals contrast with the variegated frosted pink and white center. Full anemone form does take a year or two after transplant to develop the full form, as is true of all complex peony flower forms. A perennial favorite with visitors to our garden.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Lactiflora, a classical cultivar from the peony growing center of Luoyang in Henan province.
Growth habit and size at maturity: Grows to 3' tall and wide.
Flower form and size:Full anemone, 6", upright blossoms borne on strong stems.
Flower fragrance: Very sweet.
Bloom time: Mid-season herbaceous peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the first week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 3-8.
Plant size: 4-5 eye plant with a proportional root system. This size plant will very likely flower its first spring in the ground.