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Festiva Maxima Double Peony

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 18 - 24 Inches
  • Mature Spread 18 - 24 Inches
  • Growing Zones 2 - 8

Have a peony party each May to celebrate the transition from spring to summer with Festiva Maxima Double Peony (Paeonia Festiva Maxima). Large double blooms open in May to delight and add refined flower-power to nearly any garden type. The white flowers have reddish-pinkish spotting on the edges of the petals, so this peony really makes a statement. In fact, the blooms are so pretty that you will want to (and can!) cut some flowers to bring indoors or share with friends. The mature plant reaches nearly 2 feet high and spreads 2 feet wide.

Those delicate flowers would make you think this is a delicate plant. But it is very cold hardy, surviving winters down to zone 2. It also can take some heat up to zone 8, though you might want to give it some afternoon sun in hotter regions. The best place to put this festive peony is near a patio, window, or other living area. The white flowers, which can stay open for up to a week, will show at night and their fragrance will be easier to enjoy if close by. 

Festiva Maxima Double Peony Care

Choose a spot with full or partial sun exposure, ensuring your peonies will get at least 4 hours of sunlight a day. Make sure to place them in soil that drains well. They can grow in nearly any soil type, but prefer those that are neutral to slightly alkaline in pH. Add some organic compost at planting time if you like to give them a small dose of nutrients. Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. These are low-maintenance plants considering the reward.

As the flower stems grow, you might want to add some plant supports; those big double flowers are heavy. Or cut those long stalks to bring in. Deadhead flowers after they fade. Don’t be alarmed if your peonies fail to flower in their first season; they might just be gathering energy for their second year after planting. Peonies typically need little fertilizing, but giving them some food once a year can help them thrive. After the first fall frost, cut the leaves down to ground level and clean up the foliage.

Festiva Maxima Double Peony Spacing

Create a beautiful border with several Festiva Maxima Double Peonies. Space them about 2 feet apart to make room for their spread and flowers.

Festiva Maxima Double Peony Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 - 8
Plant Type: Perennials
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 18 - 24 Inches
Mature Spread: 18 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 18 - 24 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: Late May
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Dark Green
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Heat
Attracts: Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Fragrant
Common Name: Festiva Maxima Double Peony
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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

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  • 5

    Posted by Marilyn Croft on May 19th 2022

    They looked very healthy and are growing good!!