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Ben Franklin Peony Plant

  • - Paeonia lactiflora
  • - Height: 2-3 feet
  • - Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • - Exposure: Full Sun
  • - Bloom Time: May-June
  • - Every order comes complete with a large, Grade #1 bulb, premium fertilizer for rapid growth, and comprehensive planting instructions to ensure your success.
Plant Features

The Ben Franklin is a tall, free-flowering peony with crimson colored doubled blooms. Blooms held high above the compact foliage on wiry stems. Also known for its disease resistance, making it an excellent choice for both gardeners and flower arrangers alike. Ben Franklin ships as a bare root. We like growing from bare roots because they establish quickly, become twice the size of a potted plant in the first season, and eliminate the need for plastic pots (a win for the environment).

Peony Companion Plants: flowering bulbs, succulents, hostas, iris, foxglove, roses, hydrangea

Ben Franklin Peony Plant Care: These beauties thrive on neglect; however, there are some things you should consider. Only water if the foliage starts to wilt. Do not apply mulch. Fertilize when its first transplanted and then every 3 years. Use hoops to support the heavy blooms. When taking cut flowers or deadheading, leave at least 3 leaf stems under the cut. Ants and peonies go hand it hand, so do not be alarmed when you see them on the plants. Stalks can be cut back to the grown in early winter or in early spring before the new stalks appear

Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Needs
Sunlight 6+ hours
Soil Moisture Moist
Soil Properties Well-drained
Tolerates Clay soil
Fertilizer When transplanted and then once every Spring
Growing Support Plant Hoop
Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Characteristics
Mature Spread 2-3 feet
Habit Mounded
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Green
Attracts Butterflies
Features Cut Flower, Fragrant
Garden Styles Cottage Garden, Pollinator Garden
Plant Used for Borders and Edging
Critter Resistance Deer, Rabbit
Pet Friendly No