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Paeonia mlokosewitschii

Molly the witch

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (57723)

Plant details

Herbaceous paeonies have huge, showy flowers in early summer and, although the flowering season is short, about 6 weeks, the attractive foliage persists throughout most of the season. This unique variety, sometimes known as the Caucasian paeony or, more affectionately, as Molly the witch, has single lemon-yellow flowers up to 13cm (5in) across, with a prominent central boss of golden stamens. Paeonies need time to establish and may not flower for the first year planting too deep may inhibit flowering. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Paeoniaceae

Genus: Paeonia

Species: mlokosewitschii

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: September to March

Reader reviews


I was sold a peony as P. mlokosewitschi. It took three years before it flowered and the seedling was obviously wrongly named as it has flowered pink. Any ideas what its name is? I have photo of it.

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