Peony Festiva Maxima

Peony Festiva Maxima


Paeonia lactiflora "Festiva Maxima". The name does give it away, this gorgeous heirloom variety is a feast for the eyes and nose. The bright white double flowers are adorned with little splashes of crimson. Flowers, very large are lovely scented. Stems tall and sturdy, may require a support to hold the abundance of blooms. This variety dating back to 1851 is a charming addition for any cottage or cutting garden.

If you remove the secondary buds at the size of a pea, the peony creates an even larger flower, which you might keep in a bowl of simply in a vase.

Cut your peonies with care, to make them last a week or more. For more information, click here.

Dates from 1851.

Peony Details

Mielliez August

Data sheet

Colour Palette
From white to blush
Flowering Period
From Week 3 | Early mid
Flower form
Plant size
d| ↕︎ up to 90 cm | ↔︎ up to 90 cm
Intensely fragrant
Flower Bud(s)
One main flower bud and plenty of sidebuds
Award of Garden Merit Royal Horticultural Society
Ideal for
The cutting garden
Position & Soil
Sunny and airy - soil well worked and not soggy
Fully hardy -20ºC or depending on snow cover

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