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Itoh Peonies

Intersectional peony Kopper KettlePeony orders must be placed by November 1, 2017 (or while supplies last). All peony orders must be shipped this fall.

If you want a show-stopping flower display in your part sun to full sun garden, look no further! Intersectional peonies are hybrids between woody tree peonies and herbaceous garden peonies. These hybrids are relatively new creations, with the first successful Intersectional crosses being made in 1948. Sometimes these special plants are called "Itoh Peonies" after the Japanese man who created the first Intersectional hybrid, Mr. Toichi Itoh. Mr. Itoh passed away before his first Intersectional hybrids bloomed, but other peony hybridizers are carrying on the work of his discovery.

Intersectional peonies offer the best traits of their parents...

  • The enormous flowers look like the flowers of a tree peony and expand the color range of garden peonies.
  • The disease-resistant foliage looks similar to that of a tree peony, but dies to the ground every winter.
  • Strong, stout stems do not need staking, even when loaded with flowers.
  • Branched stems hold additional flowers for a longer bloom period than either parent. Flowers open in succession for up to a month!
  • More vigorous than tree peonies and every bit as cold hardy as garden peonies (hardy in zones 4-9).
  • Care-free and long-lived.

Intersectional peonies are very easy to grow in full to part sun with well drained soil. The only trick is to make sure the crown is planted 1 to 2 inches deep...no deeper! If peonies are planted too deep, they may not bloom.

The higher price of these peonies reflects the availability and high demand. Intersectional peonies are not widely available.

We have a very limited number of mature, #1 grade divisions. As with all peonies, Intersectional peonies are best planted in the fall, so these freshly dug, dormant roots will only be available for mail order fall of 2017. Do not hesitate to order immediately! Potted plants are available for pick up.

Peony orders must be placed by November 1, 2017 (or while supplies last). All peony orders must be shipped this fall.

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