DESCRIPTION: This unusual hybrid produces glorious deep pink blooms that age to a soft pink; the flowers open on long stems and may require staking; excellent for smaller gardens in a...
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DESCRIPTION: This unusual hybrid produces glorious deep pink blooms that age to a soft pink; the flowers open on long stems and may require staking; excellent for smaller gardens in a sunny location

BOTANICAL NAME: Paeonia x Itoh 'Pink Double Dandy'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 60-75 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 60-75 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Rich lavender pink that ages to soft pink with a tuft of yellow stamens
FLOWERING TIME: Late spring to early summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Dark Green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Border, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Rabbit Resistant, Very Rare

Ornamental Features

Pink Double Dandy Peony features bold pink flowers with yellow centers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its compound leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Pink Double Dandy Peony is an herbaceous perennial with a more or less rounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:

  • Disease

Pink Double Dandy Peony is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Pink Double Dandy Peony will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 26 inches apart. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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