Your experience with the peony called Ludovica or Butch

summerstar(Z7VA)May 13, 2010

I'm trying to decide between planting Ludovica or Butch. Both have a similar violet-red color. Would you write back your experience with either of these plants such as robustness, flopping tendency, etc.

Does anyone know the name of the peony that's on the top right of the Peony Forum? It rather looks like Ludovica.

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I have not grow either but I do collect A.P Saunders and have been meaning to get Ludovica you can read information on both at Carsten Burkhard's web project Paeonia great website.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 8:57PM
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Carsten's is always the first place I go to look for information. By now you have probably found out that Ludovica is a short pinkish bloom and Butch is a tall red. I have seen Butch in Don Hollingsworth's fields and there it has straight very masculine stems. Seems like there were fewer stems to each plant but you can see it across the field. I don't remember seeing Ludovica so no personal comment.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 12:26AM
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Thanks for the info. After I posted this question here, I read somewhere that Ludovica doesn't take hot summer sun very well. That would tend to eliminate it in my southwest facing border. Butch sounds like a fine plant. Maifleur, your comments that "it has straight very masculine stems" and "it can be seen across the field" makes Butch sound like a very good choice.

I find it SOOOOO hard to decide between plants. May Merrysunshine, a red fernleaf found at Hollingsworth, sounds like a fine plant for my perennial border and am strongly considering that one too. I haven't found any criticisms of it so far.

I may resort to writing all the red peony names I like on small bits of paper, putting them in a hat, and blindfolded, reaching in and picking one! Sigh . . . Thanks for the input.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 5:17PM
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