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P. offici. Rubra Plena
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Memorial Day Peony
Origin.: (unknown, bef. 1700)

Group: Species
Bloom period: Early Midseason
Bloom week: 3
Flower form: Double
Height: Semi-dwarf
USDA zone: 3 to 7
Item number: 3538


Paeonia officinalis Rubra Plena – Memorial Day Peony, Selection

Full double; large, opens bright red. Generously furnished with petals, good substance and form. Satisfying habit, vigorous, good amount of bloom on a semi-dwarf to medium height bush. It is a reliable variety, except stems bend and twist, forming an “officinalis hook”. This takes away from the otherwise superb qualities of this peony. The foliage is healthy and of medium green color. The bush holds up well and support depends on placement in the landscape. 

Awards, Best Use & Distinctions
Historic Variety; Novelty; general garden and landscape use; perennial border.

Paeonia officinalis Rubra Plena is a historic variety. It has been in cultivation for a very long time. During the medieval period it was grown in monasteries. The monk herbalists grew this plant for its medical properties. While no longer used as medicine, this peony is widely grown for its ornamental beauty. Here in the Midwest this variety is known as the "Memorial Day Peony".

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