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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Peony Festiva Maxima

This is one of my two Peonies, Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima'.  I picked this one up at the Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show in 2008.  It's is the second year it has bloomed.

Festiva Maxima is a Double Peony and the blooms are enormous, nearly 8 inches across.  I have a perfect view of it from my kitchen window and even at night the huge gaudy white blooms command attention.

I know you're supposed to cage these things to keep them more upright, but I like to let them wander around wherever they like.  And I've had no problem with them not being supported.


  1. Festiva Maxima is one of the best old fashioned peonies. I dug one up from an abandoned farmhouse and I have them all over my property now. They are so vigourous, you'll have lovely blooms & scent for years. And their foliage is so glossy and sturdy, they're attractive even without flowers.

  2. Gorgeous! Most of the peonies I see caged are near a walkway. If you don't care if they flop in a bed, let 'em go!

  3. Beautiful! One of my Peonies just came into full bloom yesterday. Unfortunately it then poured rain. Hopefully they survived.