• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

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    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Paeonia lactiflora 'Goldilocks'

peony 'Goldilocks'

  • Other common names peony 'Goldilocks'

  • Family Paeoniaceae

  • Genus Paeonia may be herbaceous perennials or deciduous sub-shrubs with large, divided leaves and showy large bowl-shaped flowers, usually in early summer

  • Details

    'Goldilocks' is a clump-forming perennial to 70cm tall, with dark green, divided foliage. The flowers, produced in late spring to early summer, consist of an outer ring of large, very pale yellow to white petals and a mass of pale yellow staminodes with a few pale, narrow petaloids in the centre

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Toxicity All parts can cause stomach upset if eaten

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Best in a deep, fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist but well-drained in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Long lived but resents disturbance. See also herbaceous peony cultivation

Propagation Propagate by division in autumn or early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Remove dead flowers as they fade, then cut back plant as the foliage dies down at the end of summer

Pests Can get leaf and bud eelworm and swift moth caterpillar

Diseases May be subject to a virus, honey fungus and peony wilt

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