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Best peony cultivars for cut flowers???

Posted by dronaria Z8 WA (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 31, 05 at 15:32

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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RE: Best peony cultivars for cut flowers???

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. :)

RE: Best peony cultivars for cut flowers???

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.

RE: Best peony cultivars for cut flowers???

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

RE: Best peony cultivars for cut flowers???

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

RE: Best peony cultivars for cut flowers???

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

RE: Best peony cultivars for cut flowers???

  • Posted by Mozart2 Zone 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 24, 05 at 1:26


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

RE: Best peony cultivars for cut flowers???

  • Posted by Laisan z8 Western WA (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 25, 05 at 1:02

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.


RE: Best peony cultivars for cut flowers???

  • Posted by Mozart2 Zone 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 25, 05 at 19:41


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.


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