Sarah Bernhardt, heirloom herbaceous peony, 4-5 eye
Notable characteristics: Very large double flowers of dark, rose-pink with lighter edges. A few inner petals are edged in red. Floriferous and vigorous. Dark green foliage. Deer resistant.
This peony is grown worldwide commercially as a cut flower. It performs very well in the cutting garden, but will need stem support as a display plant.
Sarah Bernhardt was the most famous stage actress of the Victorian era. Her career spanned decades, during which she was not only the muse of admiring horticulturalists, but also inspired the works of painters, bakers, and mixologists.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Lactiflora, Lemoine, 1906.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): 3' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Double, 6-8".
Flower fragrance: Sweet, rose scent.
Bloom time: Late 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 eyes, (buds) large proportional root
When we ship: These are field dug in fall, fall shipping.
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.