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About this cultivar: Paeonia lactiflora ‘Shirley Temple’ is the famous fully double white, named after the super-popular child star from the 1940s, and still a big favorite. It is later flowering than many peonies with large, pale pink to white, double flowers, gently fading to buff-white, and mid green leaves. The centre of each beautiful, scented flower is full of small, loosely arranged ruffled petals.
-About this genus: Paeonia (pe-o-ne-a), commonly known as peony, is the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. Estimates of the number of species range from 25 to 40. In the garden Peonia are easy to grow…full-sun to part-shade, almost any soil that isn’t waterlogged, and some moisture are they keys.
The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower. More dryly, the scientific name “Paeoniaceae” was first used by Friedrich K.L. Rudolphi in 1830.£5.99