Best peony cultivars for cut flowers???

dronaria(Z8 WA)March 31, 2005

Hi all. I'm new to this forum, but can't wait to jump in (and with a long message to start out with)!!!

I'm installing a large planting of peonies this fall for cut flowers. I've been "researching" the best cultivars. My selection criteria has been: 1) fragrance, 2) variety of flower color and flower forms, 3) various bloom times to prolong the season, 4) strong stems, and 5) appear to be standards in cut flower industry.

I wanted to post my "short list" and get any input you may have regarding my selections. I'd love to hear if there are any on the list you would consider "dogs" or any "must haves" that you think I've missed.


Here's the list:

Bowl of Beauty

Coral Charm


Duchess de Nemours

Edulis Superba

Felix Crousse

Festiva Maxima


Karl Rosenfield

Krinkled White

Lady Alexandra Duff

Mme. Emile Debatene

Mons. Jules Elie

Red Charm

Sarah Bernhardt


Sword Dance


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I can vouch for Sarah Bernhardt and the Festiva, I cut them for inside the house each spring and they scent up the whole room. (mostly Sarah's scent) THe rest I have are too new to bloom. Your list looks like what I have... Flame, Karl Rosenfeld, Krinkle White, Mmme Jules Elie, Sarah, Sorbet, Sword Dance, Festiva, Doreen, Felix Crousse, and Sorbet and Bowl of Beauty. :)

    Bookmark   April 1, 2005 at 3:52PM
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Re: Duchess de Nemours.
This particular peony tolerates less than full sun position very easy. I have a hedge consisting of DdN (O) and Goldflame sprea (X) planted in such way O-X-O-X-O-X-O.
Lighting transitionally changes from one side of hedge to another from full sun to part-shade and part-shade DdN bloom later, but longer than the full sun DdN.
My point is that position could change time and longevity of blooms. I think Sarah Bernardt has the same characteristics.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2005 at 7:29PM
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dronaria(Z8 WA)

Thanks for the input! Can't wait to start planting...:)

    Bookmark   April 28, 2005 at 4:41PM
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PHILinShelton(Shelton, WA)

How about Bridal Showers? Anyone have any experience longevity in the vase?

    Bookmark   May 14, 2005 at 11:37AM
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jazzmom516(Zone 7 LI, NY)

Add to your list the white Moon over Barrington. The fragrance is spicy.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2005 at 4:35PM
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Mozart2(Zone 5 Michigan)


As the result of Jazzmom516's recommendation, a little research & viewing of photographs of "Moon Over Barrington", I've decided to add this peony to my garden this fall.

I thought that I might go for another "Florence Nicholls" from A & D Nursery, but I was intrigued with the spicy frangrance as well as the "Moon's" photograph which can be seen at this link:

FYI - I am more than well pleased with the roostock that they shipped me on my previous orders and especially with the special Japanese fertilizer tablets that they also included. The four previously ordered peonies were well packaged with just the right amount of moisture for transportation and short storge (until I could get them into the ground).

Thanks - again - "Jazzmom516" for your recommendation!


Here is a link that might be useful: A & D Nursery

    Bookmark   October 24, 2005 at 1:26AM
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Laisan(z8 PNW sunset 5)

Like kathys999, Sarah and Festiva have done well for me. Incredible fragrance and beautiful bloom/shape with good vase life. The stems were sturdy, maybe a little short, but I didn't have the guts to cut too much foliage.

I'd have to say that Karl smells "chemical-ish" to my nose and has a harsh magenta quality to it. I'm thinking compost bin if he doesn't put out in his new location.


    Bookmark   October 25, 2005 at 1:02AM
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Mozart2(Zone 5 Michigan)


If you're really considering heading Karl Rosenfield to the compost bin, let me know. I might be interested in adding him to my own garden or a friends.


    Bookmark   October 25, 2005 at 7:41PM
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