Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’: A Stunning White Peony with Fragrant Blooms
Background and Description: Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’ is a captivating white species of Peony that draws attention with its bright white petals and a vibrant yellow center. It is a herbaceous perennial and deciduous plant that I discovered while walking through Potter’s Field Park in London in late April. Belonging to the Paeoniaceae family, Paeonia lactiflora is native to central Asia, China, and Siberia.
Commonly referred to as Chinese Peony or Common Garden Peony, it showcases large, divided leaves with a strong green color, providing an exquisite backdrop to its elegant white flowers. The blossoms of Paeonia Lactiflora ‘White Wings’ carry a subtle fragrance, further enhancing its allure. This beautiful peony variety reaches a height of about 70cm or 28 inches, making it an ideal addition to garden borders or beds.
How to grow Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’:
Sunlight and Soil Requirements: Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’ thrives in full sun as well as partial shade. Select a south-facing or east or west-facing location to ensure optimal sunlight exposure. The plant prefers moist, well-drained soil, but it also performs well in fertile and humus-rich soil conditions.
Planting: Plant Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’ either in spring or fall. Choose a planting site that receives adequate sun or partial shade. Prepare the soil by incorporating compost or well-rotted manure before planting. After planting, ensure thorough watering.
Watering: Regular watering is crucial for Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’, particularly during hot and dry weather. Deeply water the plant to ensure moisture reaches the roots. However, allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent overwatering.
Fertilizing: Fertilize Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’ once a month during the growing season using a balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 formula. This provides essential nutrients for robust growth and abundant blooms.
Pruning: In the spring, prune Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’ to shape the plant and remove any dead or damaged branches. Pruning can also stimulate increased flower production, resulting in a more magnificent display.
Pests and Diseases: Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’ is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, it may occasionally face challenges with aphids, powdery mildew, or botrytis. If any signs of pests or diseases are noticed, promptly address the issue with appropriate pesticides or fungicides.
Protection from Frost: Protect Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’ from frost in cold climates. This can be achieved by covering the plant with a burlap sack or by relocating it to a sheltered area during freezing temperatures.
Propagation and Maintenance:
You can propagate Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’ through division either in late autumn or early spring. This process involves separating the plant into smaller sections, each with its own set of roots and shoots, and replanting them. ‘White Wings’ is an excellent choice for border plantings, adding elegance and charm to the landscape. After the flowers have faded, you can remove them, while the foliage remains an attractive addition to the garden. Prune the plant back in late autumn when the foliage has died back.
Embrace the captivating beauty of Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’ in your garden, where its luminous white blooms and subtle fragrance create a stunning focal point
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