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Paeonia Paula Fay



Early flowering form

One of the first peonies to bloom producing large, semi-double, elegantly cupped flowers above a mound of shining light green foliage. The stems and leaves which grow to 90cm (3ft) remain attractive through to autumn. The blooms appear in spring and early summer, unfurling their glowing, hot pink silky petals which gradually open to reveal a mass of golden stamens The flowers are excellent for cutting if gathered when in bud.


Plant in full sun or semi-shade with other perennials and away from competition with the roots of trees and shrubs.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Good on clay and heavy soils that are not waterlogged. Plant with crown of plant just below the surface: deep planting supresses flowering. Remove faded flowers and cut back faded stems and leaves in winter. Feed generously in spring.  

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - July
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 60 cm - 80 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to July

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