Paeonia lactiflora ‘Raspberry Sundae’

Paeonia lactiflora 'Raspberry Sundae'

  • Paeonia lactiflora ‘Raspberry Sundae’
  • Bred by: Part of the extensive breeding program for Paeonia lactiflora varieties.
  • Introduced: The specific year of introduction is not widely documented, but it is recognized as a distinctive variety.
  • Growth: Typically grows to about 2-3 feet in height and spread.
  • Blooms: Known for its large, fluffy, bomb-type flowers.
  • Color: The blooms have a creamy white base with raspberry-pink petaloids in the center, resembling a raspberry sundae.
  • Foliage: Features lush, green foliage that offers a nice contrast to its unique blooms.
  • Flowering: Blooms in late spring to early summer.
  • Climate: Hardy in USDA zones 3-8, adaptable to a variety of temperate climates.
  • Disease Resistance: Generally good resistance to common peony diseases, though it may require preventive care against fungal issues.
  • Growing Classification: Herbaceous perennial.
  • Origin/Distribution: As a cultivar of Paeonia lactiflora, it originates from Asia and is now popular in gardens worldwide.
  • Blooming Season: The peak bloom period is in late spring.

Should you Buy One?

‘Raspberry Sundae’ is a delightful choice for gardeners looking for a peony with unique and visually appealing blooms. Its resemblance to the dessert it’s named after, with creamy white and raspberry-pink hues, makes it a whimsical and attractive addition to any garden. This variety is also favored for its sweet fragrance and robust growth.

Peony 'Raspberry Sundae' Specific Care

This variety prefers well-drained, fertile soil and a sunny to partially shaded location. It’s important to plant the roots at the correct depth to ensure blooming. Regular watering, especially during the blooming period, and a balanced fertilizer in early spring will promote healthy growth and abundant flowering.

General Peonies Care Tips

  • Soil: Thrive in rich, well-drained soil.
  • Sunlight: Prefer full sun but can tolerate some light shade.
  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, particularly in dry conditions.
  • Fertilization: Apply a general-purpose fertilizer in the spring.
  • Pruning: Cut back the foliage to ground level in the fall after the first frost.
  • Support: Stakes or rings may be necessary for supporting larger blooms.

FAQs about Paeonia lactiflora 'Raspberry Sundae'

They can be divided every 5-10 years to maintain vigor and promote more abundant flowering.

Yes, they make excellent cut flowers, adding a unique and attractive element to floral arrangements.

  • Providing adequate sunlight, proper watering, and annual fertilization are key to enhancing bloom. Ensuring good air circulation and avoiding overcrowding also helps in promoting healthy flowering.

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