peony ‘Jan van Leeuwen’

Paeonia lactiflora (Peony) has been cultivated for its ornamental flowers and medicinal roots since the 7th century in China. It has been used as a tonic to treat cramps and several other maladies.

Peony ‘Jan van Leeuwen’ (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Jan van Leeuwen’) has large, cup-like white flowers that enclose deep yellow centers. It blooms in mid to late spring on three foot stems. It is a long-lived, clump-forming, shrub-like perennial. Its glossy, dark green compound leaves look great all summer, even after the beautiful silky white flowers fade. In the fall the leaves may turn orange before the whole plant dies back to the ground at first frost.

Botanical Name Paeonia lactiflora ‘Jan van Leeuwen’
Common Name peony ‘Jan van Leeuwen’
Family Paeoniaceae
USDA Zone 3 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun
Season(s) of interest spring, summer, fall
Height and Spread 2.5-3ft x 2.5-3ft (75-90cm x 75-90cm)
Flower Color White with Yellow Centers
Attracts Wildlife Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Horticultural origin. Paeonia lactiflora native to Central and Eastern Asia and Eastern Siberia.
Location in Lurie Garden Southeast Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate, East Dark Plate

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