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Hidden Springs Flower Farm
PO Box 602
18581 County Road 4
Spring Grove, MN 55974

Heirloom Peony Flowers

Heirloom peony flowers have endured and delighted gardeners for generations. Antique peonies listed here are all near or more than 100 years old or of historic significance. Many are deliciously fragrant too! Long lived garden perennials, peonies persist for centuries in our gardens. They can be found in restored historic gardens throughout the United States bringing fragrance, huge blooms and authenticity to the gardens they grace. Why not plant some of these beautiful and historic peonies in your garden this year? Old fashioned peonies create new memories when you relax and enjoy them in your garden.

Bright Red Double Peony Mary BrandClassic Double White Peony Festiva MaximaFragrant Pink Double Peony Mons Jules Elie
Fragrant Peony Chestine Gowdy

Peony Chestine Gowdy SOLD OUT  (Brand 1913)
Peony Chestine Gowdy Aahh! What a wonderfully fragrant, late blooming, full double. With a bright rose pink center and guard petals separated by a collar of cream colored petals it creates a unique effect. 26" tall. In a bouquet this is just heavenly for the fragrance. Use it genorusly along a fence for a plentiful supply of blooms to share with friends and family. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Fragrant Antiuque French Peony Duchesse de Nemours

Peony Duchesse de Nemours SOLD OUT  (Calot 1856)
Peony Duchesse de Nemours Fragrant double white, popular cut flower blooms early for a white, large cupped guard petals, very floriferous with strong stems. Still a valuable plant after over 150 years. It produces an abundance of blooms and if you wish to have larger blooms simple remove the small side buds before they reach green pea size. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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White Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis alba plena RARE White Double Memorial Day Peony SOLD OUT

This is the rarer white form of the Memorial Day Peony that our ancestors grew about their farm house. It will show some pink frosting on the edges in cooler weather which actually looks very nice. It has produced a few rare hybrids as the seed parent so is useful for the peony breeder. Very Limited supply. Mature 3 eye blooming size divisions.

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Bright Red Double Peony Mary Brand

Peony Mary Brand  (Brand 1907)
Peony Mary Brand a dark, clear claret-red rose type double with a brilliant sheen is still turning heads after 100 years. Blooms midseason and makes a great garden display. Exceptional keeping quality as a cut flower. Only 28" tall with good dark green foliage. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Floriferous Peony Mikado

Peony Mikado  (Japan 1893)
Peony Mikado has a floral presentation in the garden that is just wonderful as the flowers are held above the foliage in a horizontal plane giving a high visual impact in the garden. Japanese form bloom has cupped red outer petals with a rose and yellow center, very floriferous on strong tall stems. Because of its vigor and prodigious flower production it is perhaps one of the most widely grown of all the Japanese form peonies. This one has been handed down in many families and if you are looking to find a long lived and dependable peony that will not flop over in bloom this one is a perfect choice. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Paeonia officinalis officinalis

Paeonia officinalis officinalis SOLD OUT  (wild species 1753)
Grown from wild collected seed from several areas of Europe. The plants grow to 24” tall and are very early blooming with rosy pink flowers. They are mountian growing plants at the tree line and are well adapted to dry well drained sites in full sun. These will be 2-3 eye divisions from mature plants. Very fertile with other tetraploid species and rewarding for those wishing to try growing peony species from seed.

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Fragrant Pink Double Peony Mons Jules Elie

Peony Mons Jules Elie  (Crousse 1888)
Peony Mons Jules Elie is a double opaque pink with broad smooth guard petals and an incurved center, very large and fragrant blooms are one of the best for cut flowers because of generous bloom. Perhaps there is no other more widely planted pink peony except perhaps Sarah Bernhardt. Needs staking, 40" stems. Plant in full sun.Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Pink Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis rosea plena Pink Double Memorial Day Peony SOLD OUT  (ancient cultivated species 1613)

This pink double flowered form of the Memorial Day Peony has exceptional color and form on compact plants which at maturity will be about 4 feet across. Found throughout Europe in the wake of old monasteries where they were cultivated in medicinal gardens for centuries this species still adorns our gardens today. For those seeking doubleness in their hybrid peonies this has been a successful fertile seed producer but requires that you help the process along by applying the pollen to the stigma as it is normally concealed from the bees by the many extra petals. Known to be tolerant of warm climates it is a good choice for those wanting to experiment in more southern locations where the regular garden peony is more challenging to grow. Week 3 bloom date rating.

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Peony Tokio

Peony Tokio   (Japan/Dessert 1910)
Peony Tokio a rosy pink Japanese form peony is an amazingly fast grower with broad rounded petals giving it a full appearance in the garden and creating a wonderful flower show. The dark green foliage brings out the bright color of the blooms held on 36” stems. week 6 bloom date rating. Plant in full sun.

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Classic Beauty Cut Flower Peony Sarah Bernhardt

Peony Sarah Bernhardt   (Lemoine 1906)
Peony Sarah Bernhardt noted for incredible vigor and flower production on this very large double dark rose pink flower which is fragrant with strong stems and good foliage. They are great for garden and cut flowers. Mid-very late with many side buds. Number one choice for gardeners in Europe and the U.S. 38" stems should be staked because of the many blooms. A mature plant can be over 4 feet wide so give it room to grow. Plant in full sun. Week 6 bloom date rating.

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Fragrant Fern Leaf Hybrid Peony Smouthi

Peony Smouthi RARE SOLD OUT  (Smout/van Houtte 1843)
Peony Smouthi is a fragrant Fern leaf peony hybrid! Bright crimson red single that slowly changes to a bright pink before the petals fall. Very early blooming on plants with fine cut-leaf foliage that turns an attractive yellow in the fall. 24”tall. One of the oldest recorded hybrids it has been in cultivation for over 160 years! It's parents are the little fern leaf peony and P. lactiflora. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil. Excellent strong plant habit. Week 2 bloom date rating.

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Red Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis rubra plena Red Memorial Day Peony SOLD OUT  (ancient species known since 1581)

The Red Memorial Day Peony of intense brilliant crimson red color cultivated for centuries in Europe is a true antique of great garden value yet today. Easy to grow in warmer climates than many peonies. The mildly and pleasantly fragrant blooms are a welcome gift to friends. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil. Week 3 bloom date rating.

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Paeonia tenuifolia Wild Fern Leaf Peony

Paeonia tenuifolia Single Fern Leaf Peony ALL SOLD OUT FOR 2015  (wild species 1759)

Single Fern Leaf Peony This pixie-like wild botanical fern-leaf peony is just the way nature made it. Small enough to look right at home in a sunny rock garden. Much more dainty than the double flowered form at only 12” tall. It must have well drained soil and it will go dormant as early as August and should not be over watered then. It is fertile and will produce seed so it can be used in hybridizing new plants or you can grow your own next generation of fern leaf peonies. The root structure is naturally small. Mature 3 eye divisions. Week 1 bloom date rating. We have begun to use this peony to create a whole new group of dwarf early blooming peonies.



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Paeonia tenuifolia flore plena Double Red Fernleaf Peony

Paeonia tenuifolia flore plena Double Fern Leaf Peony All SOLD OUT for 2015  (ancient species 1836)

Double Fern Leaf Peony is scarlet, lipstick red and the earliest blooming of the double peonies. It must be grown in well drained soil in full all day sun. It can go dormant in early summer and should not be over watered at that time. Water from automatic sprinklers has been known to kill this plant so be sure and plant it where you can control the amount of water it will receive and cut back on watering once it starts to go dormant. Crowding by other plants or invading tree or shrub roots will also weaken and kill it. It is incredibly hardy when grown properly and is found growing in abandoned cemeteries in the open prairies which gives us a clue that it will thrive more easily in a fully exposed area with little extra care once established. Mature 3 eye divisions. Week 1 bloom date rating it is one of the first peonies to bloom in many gardens.



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Antique Red Double Peony Francois Ortegat

Peony Francois Ortegat Rare Antique and Limited SOLD OUT  (Parmentier 1850)
Peony Francois Ortegat is an Antique French variety grown since 1850 and used in many restoration gardens. Difficult to find the real thing which is fargrant! Deep purple crimson double of semi-rose form, tall late-midseason blooming, free blooming with medium size flowers. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating. Very limited supply in 2015. SOLD OUT

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Fragrant Peony Laura Dessert

Peony Laura Dessert SOLD OUT  (Dessert 1913)
Peony Laura Dessert. Double Anemone form, may have a pink cast to petals while the bud is opening and a distinct lemon yellow ball of petals when first open. Strong grower and quite generous bloomer. Holds color nicely when cut early and brought in for display where its fragrance can be admired. The foliage is a very healthy dark green. One of my top 10 personal favorites. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating. Supplies are limited.

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Classic Red Double Peony Karl Rosenfield

Peony Karl Rosenfield SOLD OUT  (Rosenfield 1908)
Peony Karl Rosenfield. This is a very showy flower for the garden and as a cut flower. Fragrant late blooming deep double red with a semi-rose form, very large blooms are a favorite garden and cut flower. Great foliage. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Rare French Antique White Double Peony Mme Emile Lemoine

Peony Madame Emile Lemoine SOLD OUT  (Lemoine 1899)
Peony Madame Emile Lemoine is rarer and not nearly as easy to find, this double white French Antique peony with a tall center with red flecks is slightly fragrant. The advantage of this variety over other similar varieties is the stronger stems and darker green foliage. Plant in full sun. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Peony Lady Alexandra Duff SOLD OUT  (Kelway 1902)
Peony Lady Alexandra Duff is a superb semi-double to double blush lavender-pink flower with large center flower surrounded by smaller semi-double side blooms so a single stem makes a whole bouquet. Strong stems very floriferous with a graceful garden effect. Fragrant. There are two peonies in the trade under this name and the one we offer matches the original description having a pleasant fragrance. The other has little to no noticable fragrance but is a lovely peony none-the-less and we afre building up a supply to offer it in the future. For now get the real thing while we have it offered this year. Week 5 bloom date rating. 36" stems. Plant in full sun.

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Classic Double White Peony Festiva Maxima

Peony Festiva Maxima SOLD OUT  (Miellez 1851)
Peony Festiva Maxima is often substituted with inferior whites with red flares but the true Festiva Maxima is a tall massive globular double white with red flares and is one of the oldest and still one of the best very fragrant lactiflora whites. 36" or more tall. The healthy , dark green and large foliage is very distinctive. Needs staking to support the large blooms in the garden. As a cut flower it is still very beautiful. Plant in full sun and give it some support for the flowers in bloom. When out of bloom the dark green foliage remains attractive in the garden. Week 5 bloom date rating.

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Fragrant Peony President Roosevelt

Peony President Roosevelt SOLD OUT  (Warnaar 1905)
Peony President Roosevelt is a double red, late season blooming, brilliant and striking very large semi-rose type, richly fragrant, great for cut flower or the show bench. Rarely offered this late season bloming peony streatches out the color in your garden. Week 7 blome date rating.

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