‘Sarah Bernhardt’ Garden PeonyPaeonia lactiflora 36" tall. Introduced in 1906.
Fragrant flowers open with narrow red lines shot onto light rose-pink. Matures to delicate pink with a slight creamy-silvery edge. Can a pink be both warm and silvery? This one is. One of my favorites with exactly the right amount of doubling—appears richly full but not crammed.
Red shoots appear in spring and form a bushy clump, about 3x3', of lustrous dark green deeply lobed foliage. Fat spherical buds on sturdy stems above the foliage gradually open into large beautiful flowers from late spring to early summer. May take 3-5 years to establish before blooming and resents being disturbed or left in a pot for more than one winter. Wait several years until the plants have many steps (therefore many eyes) before dividing.
Late season blooms. Z3. (bare-root crowns with 3-5 eyes)
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