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Paeonia delavayi (Delavay peony)

Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
2.5m
Max height
Ultimate spread
1.5m
Max spread
Time to maturity
10-20 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Paeonia delavayi

Other names: Delavay peony

Genus: Paeonia

Species: P. delavayi - P. delavayi is a medium deciduous shrub with large leaves divided into leaflets, and deep maroon flowers with yellow stamens.


Paeonia delavayi is: Deciduous

Flower: Dark-red in Summer

Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

Habit: Erect, Open stems

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Watch out for

Specific pests: Eelworms (leaf and bud) , Swift moth larvae

Specific diseases: Peony wilt

General care

Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Paeonia delavayi (Delavay peony) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses: City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation: Plant in moist, humus-rich, free-draining soil in full sun to partial shade.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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