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Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Cream' (Peony)

Peony 'Bowl of Cream', 'Bowl of Cream' Peony, Chinese Peony 'Bowl of Cream', Common Garden Peony 'Bowl of Cream', White Peonies


Incredibly pretty, award-winner Peony 'Bowl of Cream' (Paeonia lactiflora) features very large, rich creamy-white, fully double blossoms than can reach up to 12 in. in diameter (30 cm). Resembling roses, the flowers are so packed with delicately ruffled inner petals that the golden stamens are almost hidden. Slightly fragrant, the blooms are borne on strong stems and are pleasantly complemented by an outstanding foliage. 

  • Blooming heavily in late spring - early summer, this late midseason peony will flower for approximately 7-10 days.
    You may want to plant other cultivars with staggered bloom times (there are early, mid and late blooming varieties) to extend your peonies season to up to 6 weeks.
  • Winner of the American Peony Society Gold Medal (1981) and National Exhibition Grand Champion (1994)
  • Reliable and vigorous, this herbaceous peony grows in a lush, bushy mound of glossy, deep green, divided foliage reaching up to 34 in. in height (85 cm) and 24-30 in. in spread (60-75 cm). The foliage remains attractive throughout summer until frost and often colors up in the fall.
  • Enjoys full sun or part shade in rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Peony plants grow best in full sun but will tolerate some light afternoon shade. Provide a sheltered location. Staking may be required as the large peony flowers tend to arch toward the ground and may be driven to the ground by hard rain.
  • Makes excellent cut flowers with a long vase life (over a week) if cut in bud. Enjoy a magnificent bouquet of white peonies at home!
  • Very useful and adaptable in the garden. Perfect as a specimen plant and in groups for borders and beds, city gardens or cottage gardens. Ideal for bordering a walk or driveway and as an informal hedge. Plant your peonies away from trees or shrubs as peonies don't like to compete for food and moisture. The enchanting peony flower combines beautifully with roses, bearded irises and other perennials in striking color combinations.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant but attractive to butterflies!
  • Virtually pest free. Watch for honey fungus and peony wilt.
  • Low maintenance. Remove spent flowers as they fade, then cut back plant after the foliage has died down in fall. Long-lived (peonies may live up to 50 years!), the plants do not need to be divided and can be left undisturbed for years. Peonies do not respond well to transplanting, so choose your planting location carefully.
  • The best time to plant peonies is in early fall, so they will have time to become established in the soil before winter. They do not flower the first year of planting, and may take up to two years to produce their showy, fragrant blooms.
  • All parts of the plant may cause stomach discomfort if consumed.

Peonies are a classic ingredient of the perennial border and have been in cultivation for over 2000 years. Beloved for their abundant blooms, the beauty of their exquisite flowers, their delightful fragrance and their bold foliage changing shades over the seasons, peony flowers add a dazzling splash of color in the late spring and early summer garden. 

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Paeonia - Peonies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 30" (60cm – 75cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Paeonia - Peonies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 30" (60cm – 75cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden

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