Peony Lumière

Peony 'Lumière'



Paeonia herbaceous hybrid 'Lumière'. 

The introduction of a new peony is always a celebration. Welcome 'Lumière'!

The softly scented flowers are double with a uniform bright pink tone. There are a few staminodes in the centre of the flower. Lumiere's flower has progressive transformation, the inner petals have the same texture and coloration as the guard petals. The rounded petals take on a silvery lining as they mature. This peony flowers early, which is rare for this combination of colour and form. 

The buds open in a conical shape and petals are initially superimposed until they form a lovely cup-shaped flower. The attractive flowers face upwards, just above the foliage. Light green carpels with pinked-tipped stigmas and a limited number of stamens are present in the first years’ flowers. Pollen and seeds are fertile.

The shoots are burgundy, leaving a bronze sheen on the foliage until the buds are half-mature. The broad foliage is sturdy and remains healthy until late autumn. Stems do not require any support in open field conditions. The height is 80 cm.

It is a cross between P. 'Salmon Dream' and P. 'Pink Vanguard' by Donald Hollingsworth of Maryville in the United States. Don is not only the breeder of many beloved and cherished varieties in gardens around the world. Above all, he is a source of wisdom and knowledge that he shares so generously. 

When shown as a new seedling with reference H#3051 at the 'American Peony Society' Convention in 2008, the judges were impressed and awarded this newbie the 'Best Seedling Award'. 

So why 'Lumière'? It is the French word for light. Light brings happiness, which is what this peony radiates with its luminous colour and carefree appearance.

A novel landscape peony, also beautiful in a vase, with potential for more. 

Registered with the 'American Peony Society' in 2020.

Peony Details

Hollingsworth Donald


Colour palette
Soft & hot pink
Flowering period
From week 2 | Early
Flower form
Plant size
c| ↕︎ up to 70 cm | ↔︎ up to 70 cm
Softly scented
Flower bud(s)
One main flower bud and some sidebuds
Best Seedling Award APS Convention 2008
Ideal for
The cutting garden
The landscape garden - no support
Position & soil
Sunny and airy - soil well worked and not soggy
Fully hardy -20ºC or depending on snow cover