Paeonia x ‘Prairie Charm’

Paeonia x 'Prairie Charm' - Fast Facts

  • Name: Paeonia x ‘Prairie Charm’
  • Bred by: This cultivar is a hybrid, developed through selective breeding within the Paeonia genus.
  • Introduced: The exact introduction date is not widely documented, but it is considered a modern variety.
  • Growth: ‘Prairie Charm’ typically reaches about 2-3 feet in height and width.
  • Blooms: Known for its large, semi-double to double flowers.
  • Color: The blooms are a unique blend of soft yellow with hints of red at the base of each petal.
  • Foliage: Features rich green foliage that offers an attractive backdrop for its blooms.
  • Flowering: Blooms in late spring to early summer.
  • Climate: Hardy in USDA zones 3-8, adaptable to a range of temperate climates.
  • Disease Resistance: Shows good resistance to common peony diseases but may require preventive measures against fungal issues in humid conditions.
  • Growing Classification: Herbaceous perennial.
  • Origin/Distribution: As a hybrid, it combines characteristics from different Paeonia species, predominantly native to Asia.
  • Blooming Season: The peak blooming period is in late spring.

Should you Buy One?

‘Prairie Charm’ is a standout choice for gardeners looking for something a bit different in their peony collection. Its soft yellow blooms with red accents are not commonly found in traditional peony varieties, making it a unique and eye-catching addition to any garden. This variety is also appreciated for its hardiness and relative ease of care.

Paeonia x 'Prairie Charm' Specific Care

This peony thrives best in well-drained, fertile soil and prefers a full sun to partial shade location. It’s important to plant the roots at the correct depth, as too deep planting can hinder blooming. Regular watering, particularly in dry conditions, and a balanced fertilizer in the spring will support robust growth and vibrant flowering.

General Orchid Care Tips

  • Soil: Prefer rich, well-drained soil.
  • Sunlight: Best in full sun, but can tolerate some afternoon shade.
  • Watering: Keep soil consistently moist, especially during growth and blooming periods.
  • Fertilization: Apply a general-purpose fertilizer in early spring.
  • Pruning: Trim back the stems to ground level in the fall after the first frost.
  • Support: Staking may be needed for varieties with larger blooms.

FAQs about Paeonia x 'Prairie Charm'

They can be divided every 5-10 years to maintain vigor and increase flowering.

Yes, they make excellent cut flowers, offering a unique color and form for bouquets.

Its distinctive soft yellow coloring with red accents sets it apart from more traditional peony colors, adding a unique charm to any garden space.

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