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What is the difference between Lactiflora, Hybrid and Itoh types of peonies?


What they have in common is that they are all perennials and are renowned for their beauty and colorful, fragrant flowers. Some filled with single petals, others half double or double filled with a diameter that can reach up to 25 cm. The peony has been cultivated for thousands of years and originates in China where it is considered a symbol of wealth, love, prosperity and happiness.


An ideal flower for any bridal bouquet, flower arrangements or simply in your home in the garden or vase.


The peony is also called the luxurious Latin 'Paeonia', the god of healing. The peony herb has been used for hundreds of years as a traditional Eastern medicine.


Paeonia is divided into several varieties. The ones we offer are Lactiflora, Hybrid and Itoh.


All species names are listed below, there are more than a thousand of them, but each with its own target group.


A frequently asked question: “the difference between the different types of peony varieties?”


Because these differ quite a bit. We explain 4 groups below:


Lactiflora: A herbaceous species and the most common and most popular peony, such as Sarah Bernhardt. Lactiflora often grows in the middle and late segments. Compared to the Hybrid, it needs a little more cold and multiplies well. Is excellent as a cut flower.


Hybrid: In addition to Lactiflora, Hybrid is also common and is extremely suitable for warmer areas. Because it doesn't need much cold to bloom. They often grow in the early segment and have few side buds. Hybrid propagates reasonably well. Also excellent as a cut flower.


Itoh (intersection): This is a cross between a tree peony and the herbaceous peonies. You will encounter these more often in gardens and parks. Itoh produces a beautiful shrub that does not fall over and in which the leaves remain green until they die in autumn. The root under the ground is more woody compared to the former. The eye development takes place more on the stem and the flower is not suitable as a cut flower: stems are too woody and the length is usually too short.


Tree peony (suffruticosa): This is a multi-stemmed woody shrub and can grow up to 1.5 to 2 meters with smaller flowers: 5-7 cm. This also only loses its leaves in the autumn, the trunk remains above the ground and you do not have to prune it away. It's just like any tree, only with beautiful flowers. Every spring the leaves and flowers bloom again.


What are you waiting for? Take a look at our webshop and plant a few in your garden! www.peony-usa.com/shop-peony-roots

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