Florist-quality blossoms, romantic fragrance
Easy to grow well
Handsome in and out of bloom
Perhaps the most cherished white peony of all time, ‘Festiva Maxima’ won the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit. You’ll get big, plush blossoms early every summer, creamy vanilla-white with a few dramatic flecks of raspberry red on some of the petals. Soft, sweet fragrance adds garden appeal. Pick in bud and bring indoors or give away long-lasting bouquets to friends and neighbors. The mound of handsome dark green foliage keeps it an important player in a mixed flower border after the blooms pass. So much beauty for so little work!
Thrives in full sun to partial shade. Grows to 24- 36 inches high and wide. Zones 4-7.
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Festiva Maxima’
Height: 30 – 36
Spacing: 24″ – 30″
Spread:2′ – 3′
Light Required:Full Sun
Color: White with crimson flakes dappling the central petals
Size: 2-3 Eye Bareroot
Blooms: Late Spring, Early Summer, All Summer
Flower Form: Large 4″ – 5″ cup shaped blooms fully double
Growth Rate: Fast
Pruning: Only to remove spent flower stems after flowering. Once foliage dies back in Fall trim to the ground.
Foliage: Glossy, deep green foliage that is very attractive and ornamental through-out the growing season. The new growth in spring is burgundy colored and turns a soft yellow in the fall