Origin: variety – intersectional hybrid (Itoh-hybrid).
Flower shape: semi-double.
Flower color: pink, with time becomes creamy pink (chameleon). Blooms not at the same time, but gradually, which prolongs the flowering period and increases the color palette due to the different state of flowering of flowers (with the initial stage of flowering, middle and fading).
Flower Description: Hot pink, later the petals fade to a creamy pink with a deep red spot in the center while some of the inner petals remain a hot pink. The color is unstable: there are flowers on the bush from white-cream to carmine-cherry color. In the center between the petals is a light green pistil with cream stigmas with a small number of stamens on long filaments.
Side buds: absent.
Flower diameter (F) and bush height (H): F = 17 cm, H = 65 cm.
Flowering period: early-middle (RS) – from May 16.
Support Needed: None.
Landing place: sunny, partial shade.
Purpose of the plant: for the garden (border).
Awards: APS Landscape Award 2009.
PS APS American Peony Society – American Peony Society.
APS – American Peony Society
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Peony “Hillary” (Paeonia “Hillary”)
Family: Peony (Paeoniaceae). The family has a single genus – Peony (Paeonia).
Genus: Peony (Paeonia).
PS Synonym: Paeonia lactiflora, Paeonia albiflora, Paeonia Chinensis.
PS Milky-flowered peony (Paeonia lactiflora). The synonym – white-flowered peony (P. albiflora) is more often used in foreign publications. Sometimes in some catalogs and old editions there is a synonym for Chinese peony (P. Chinensis) – a historical name reminiscent of the fact that these peonies came to Europe from China.
Interesting to know!
Varieties from the milky-flowered peony with amaya are a large group – the most typical and familiar peonies to us. Usually large, densely doubled. But in this group there are peonies with all other forms of flowers, especially with the Japanese. The timing of flowering, compared with other groups, is late. Varieties of lactiflora peony are distinguished by vitality and longevity.
Hybrid varieties – obtained from interspecific hybridization of herbaceous peonies. There are many such combinations. Most often, these are hybrids between lactiflora peony and medicinal peony (P. officinalis). Hybrids of this type are distinguished by attractive pure bright pinks and reds. Most of them are with a simple and semi-double flower forms, but there are double varieties. They begin flowering and complete it about a week earlier than lactic-flowered peonies. In one place they can successfully grow up to 10 years.
Hybrids from the milky-flowered peony and the thin-leaved peony (P. tenuifolia) have a simple flower shape of deep red color, small size of the bush, openwork, unusual finely dissected leaves. They bloom from the beginning of June.
Hybrids from the milky-flowered peony and Caucasian species of peonies are attracted by the earliest flowering time – from the end of May. The flowers are simple in shape, from white and creamy yellow to pink.
In recent years, varieties related to intersectional hybrids have appeared. This is the result of a cross between herbaceous and tree peonies (Ito hybrids). They have the characteristics of both. The most interesting are varieties with a stable yellow color. So far, they are not widespread and not well studied.
Species peonies. Picturesque and varied. Among the most popular early flowering species of peonies of the Caucasian flora are the large-leaved peony (P. macrophylla), the Mlokosevich peony (P. mlokosewitschii), the evading peony (P. anomala) – Maryin root, the fine-leaved peony (P. tenuifolia).
The life span of hybrid peonies derived from the medicinal peony is limited to 7-10 years. Then they should be divided and planted in a new place. Varieties of milky-flowered peony and wild-growing species remain healthy and bloom profusely much longer, 25-30 years, and some even 100 years, with good care.
Good to know!
When buying peonies, the most important task is choosing a variety! The choice of variety will depend on the purpose of cultivation, the ability to purchase planting material and material resources. Since planting material is not cheap, you first need to decide on the goals of its cultivation. Basically, peonies are purchased to decorate the garden, to sell planting material, to sell bouquets, for collections (an experienced collector knows what he is looking for and is selective in his choice, comments are superfluous because everyone has their own collection system). Once again, weigh all your specific goals and circumstances and make a decision: what to have, and what to postpone, or refuse altogether.
Each of these goals requires a special agricultural technique (do not violate the rules of planting) and the selection of appropriate varieties. When choosing a certain variety of peony, you must definitely find out the pedigree of the variety you like: from what species it came from. Such information is given in serious catalogs and books on peonies. The pedigree determines the most important qualities of the variety: the general appearance of the plant during the season, the timing and abundance of flowering, vitality, longevity, features of agricultural technology.
To decorate the garden , the so-called universal varieties of peonies are suitable, which have compact bushes, fairly long stems, and a bright palette of colors. All varieties of lactiflora peony and many species of peonies are suitable. The milky-flowered peony is distinguished by longevity, relative unpretentiousness and high decorativeness of the bush from spring to autumn.
For growing cut material , you need to select special cut varieties that have long stems and abundant flowering. Varieties with double rose-like flowers and other densely double forms of pure monochromatic colors, with early and late flowering periods, are in high demand.
To grow planting material, it is necessary to grow varieties that are in great demand. It is no secret that rare especially fashionable varieties are highly valued among collectors and it can be difficult to get them.
Conditions and planting of herbaceous peonies.
Herbaceous peonies are long-lived plants that do not require frequent transplanting or dividing the bush. In one place, they can grow for many years and even decades. Therefore, the place for this plant is chosen carefully so that it does not have to be replanted once again. The most suitable would be sunny corners of the garden or an area with scattered penumbra.
Herbaceous peonies are unpretentious and grow on almost any soil, but it is better to plant them on rich loams filled with humus. In such soil, these perennial flowers in the garden look beautiful, develop many peduncles, stems grow strong. It must be remembered that peonies do not tolerate high groundwater, their thick rhizomes begin to rot in waterlogged soil, so when choosing a planting site, make sure that your plantings will not be flooded by spring floods.
You can plant and transplant peonies only in the fall. In the first year after planting, the plants, as a rule, do not bloom, look weakened, and the number of stems does not exceed 1-2. In most cases, it is not scary if the plants do not bloom in the second year or bloom incompletely. They just haven’t reached maturity yet. It is much more important that in the second year the plants look healthy and significantly increase in development compared to the first year: the number of stems should increase to 3-6.
Peonies can be divided from 3 to 4 years of age, provided that they have already bloomed normally, the number of stems has exceeded 7 and the stems do not grow in a bunch from one point, but occupy a certain area with a diameter of at least 7 cm. The last condition is evidence that the rhizome quite developed and can be divided into several parts. In the middle lane, the optimal time for this is from mid-August to the third decade of September. At the dug out bush, the stems are cut at a height of 10 cm. The roots are washed with water and left in the shade for several hours so that they lose their fragility and do not break when divided. The standard planting unit is a division with 2-3 renewal buds and a part of a rhizome 10-15 cm in size. Larger divisions take root worse, while smaller ones need additional care. Immediately before planting, the delenka is disinfected for half an hour in a dark pink solution of potassium permanganate or in an infusion of garlic, and then immersed in a heteroauxin solution for 8-12 hours (1 tablet per 10 liters of water). When it dries, the sections are rubbed with crushed coal. It is also useful to dip the delenki in a clay mash with the addition of copper sulfate (1 tablespoon per bucket of water).
The prepared delenka is planted in a hole on a sand cushion. From above, they are covered with garden soil so that its layer above the kidneys is no more than 5 cm, and watered abundantly.
The first 2 years, peonies build up the root system, so you need to be patient and not let them bloom. In the first year, all the buds must be pinched off; in the second, only one can be left. When it bursts, it is cut as short as possible and placed in water to examine the flower. However, the first flowering may not be typical for this variety. Peony flowers corresponding to the variety appear only in the third year and even later.