Paeonia lactiflora ‘Joker’

Paeonia lactiflora 'Joker' - Fast Facts

  • Name: Paeonia lactiflora ‘Joker’
  • Bred by: This cultivar was developed as part of the breeding program for Paeonia lactiflora varieties.
  • Introduced: While the exact year is not specified, ‘Joker’ is a relatively recent introduction compared to classic peonies.
  • Growth: Grows to a height and spread of approximately 2-3 feet.
  • Blooms: Known for its stunning, double-form flowers.
  • Color: The blooms start as a deep pink and lighten to a pastel pink with age.
  • Foliage: Features lush, green foliage that complements its vibrant blooms.
  • Flowering: Typically flowers in late spring to early summer.
  • Climate: Hardy in USDA zones 3-8, making it suitable for a wide range of temperate climates.
  • Disease Resistance: Generally resistant to common peony diseases, but can be susceptible to botrytis blight in damp conditions.
  • Growing Classification: Herbaceous perennial.
  • Origin/Distribution: A cultivated variety of the species native to Asia, now grown in gardens worldwide.
  • Blooming Season: The peak blooming period is in late spring.

Should you Buy One?

‘Joker’ is a fantastic choice for anyone looking to add a splash of evolving color to their garden. Its unique color-changing blooms provide extended interest, making it a delightful addition to any flower bed or border. It’s also a great option for those who appreciate peonies with a modern twist.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Joker' Specific Care

This variety thrives in well-drained, fertile soil and a sunny location, although it can tolerate partial shade. It’s important not to plant the tubers too deep, as this can impede flowering. Watering should be consistent but moderate, and a spring feeding with a balanced fertilizer will encourage lush growth and vibrant blooms.

General Orchid Care Tips

  • Soil: Prefer fertile, well-drained soil.
  • Sunlight: Best in full sun but can handle partial shade.
  • Watering: Regular watering is vital, especially during dry periods, but avoid waterlogging.
  • Fertilization: Apply a general-purpose fertilizer in the spring.
  • Pruning: Cut back in the fall after foliage dies back.
  • Support: Some peonies, especially those with large blooms, may need support to keep them upright.

FAQs about Paeonia lactiflora 'Joker'

They can be divided every 5 to 10 years to maintain vigor.

Yes, they make excellent cut flowers, adding a burst of color to any bouquet.

Peonies, in general, can attract butterflies and are relatively deer-resistant, making them a good choice for gardens frequented by wildlife.

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