Paeonia lactiflora 'Immaculee'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moisture-retentive yet well-drained
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to July
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: red mottled stems
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Garden care: Deadhead after flowering. In early spring apply a top-dressing of a balanced slow release fertiliser around the base of the plant and mulch well with well rotted garden compost or manure. The older stems of tree peonies have a tendency to become brittle and snap so cut these back to the ground in autumn every two or three years.
Big, bowl-shaped, white flowers that have a good scent, are produced in early summer above the rich green foliage. The flowers last well on the plant, and also make good additions to cut arrangements. Perfectly suited to mixed or herbaceous borders in either full sun or lightly dappled shade, they are also effective on the outer fringes of a woodland setting.
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