#2 Peony Sorbet

#2 Peony Sorbet

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Latin Name: Paeonia lactiflora 'Sorbet'

Height: 24 - 36 inches

Spread: 24 - 30 inches

Sunlight: Full Sun; Part Sun; Part Shade

Bloom Time: May to June

Hardiness Zone: 3-8


Fully double blooms consist of layers of petals with the outer/bottom layer being pink, the middle layer is white to cream and the inner/top layer is pink. These fragrant blossoms average 5 inches in diameter and are backed by a lush mound of glossy green, deer resistant foliage on this peony. Foliage emerges red in the spring before maturing to green. In autumn, it will often take on tones of purple and red. Sorbet is an excellent background plant for spring bulbs, or for use as a spring specimen in beds and borders. This variety of Garden Peony will die back to the ground after frost. An old-fashioned favorite, peony blooms are excellent for use as a cut flower. When bringing them into the house, be sure to cleanse the ants from the bloom, as ants benefit from the nectar secreted by peonies. Cut the blooms when the buds are close to opening, as it is easier to shake or wipe the ants off compared to after the bud starts to open. Peonies will continue to open even after they are cut.  

Attracts: Bees; Butterflies

Other Names: Garden Peony; Double Peony