Hidden Springs Flower Farm
PO Box 602
18581 County Road 4
Spring Grove, MN 55974
(763) 218-4540

Mailing Address/Office:
Hidden Springs Flower Farm
PO Box 602
18581 County Road 4
Spring Grove, MN 55974

Peony Species

Paeonia daurica mlokosewitschii the rare wild yellow peony.The wild or botanical forms of peonies are the rarest of the peonies grown. Perhaps the most widely known is the fern leaf peony or the Memorial Day Peonies in their double forms. These wild flowers are mostly of interest to the advanced gardener looking for the delicate and understated beauty of the wild peony.

 

 

Paeonia daurica mlokosewitschii the rare wild yellow peony.Paeonia peregrinaPaeonia arietina
Paeonia tenuifolia flore plena Double Red Fernleaf Peony

Double Fern Leaf Peony Paeonia tenuifolia flore plena  (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.



$54.99

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Paeonia tenuifolia Wild Fern Leaf Peony

Single Fern Leaf Peony Paeonia tenuifolia  (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.



$39.99

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Red Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis rubra plena Red Memorial Day Peony  (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.



$30.00

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White Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis alba plena RARE White Double Memorial Day Peony

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.Mature 3 eye blooming size divisions.



$30.00

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Pink Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis rosea plena Pink Double Memorial Day Peony  (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.



$25.00

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Paeonia officinalis italica from Mt Baldo, Italy

Paeonia officinalis italica New for 2017 SOLD OUT  (wild species 1753)
Our original 3 plants were grown from seed that came from Mt. Baldo in Italy. The plants grow to 24 tall and are very early blooming with rosy pink flowers. The habit of the plants are superb forming a nice tight rounded form in the garden and are well adapted to dry well drained sites in full sun. These will be 2-3 eye divisions from the original 3 plants grown from wild seed. Very fertile and rewarding for those wishing to try growing peonies from seed.

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Paeonia peregrina

Paeonia peregrina SOLD OUT  (wild species 1807)
These are divisions of our select breeding plants. This species was the parent of many of Dr. Saunders' hybrid peonies grown under the name P. lobata. Single vibrant red cupped flower with glossy deep green foliage. This is my favorite of all the peony species. 20 - 28 Tall. Brilliant tomato red color. Our original stock came from seed from Romania and a German peony grower and stops people in their tracks when it is in bloom. Soil with good drainage and a location in full sun are recommended. A rewarding parent of beautiful hybrid seedlings. Mature 2-3 eye divisions from our 3 best selected clones. Limited supply since we use them for hybridizing we don't divide them often.

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Paeonia arietina

Paeonia arietina New for 2017 SOLD OUT
This species is rarely found in part because of confusion as to it's true identity. For a long while it was listed as a sub-species of mascula but the root structure is entirely different than P. mascula being closer to P. officinalis with tuberous roots. The seed pods are also quite distinct compared to other closely related species. Some of the most beautiful rosy-pink 5 blooms are born on on plants 24 tall or taller. The color often being clearer pink than in P. officinallis there have been darker and lighter color forms mentioned in older peony literature. Early to bloom it has distinct foliage adding to it's interest. P. arietina requires excellent drainage and full sun to perform well. We do not recommend growing this species in heavy clay soil that may be water saturated at any time during the growing season. Quite fertile it can produce a lot of seed and will hybridize with other tetraploid peonies offering an rewarding way for you to expand your interest in growing peonies. Mature 2-3 eye divisions.

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Paeonia tenuifolia rosea Rare Pink Wild Fern Leaf Peony

Paeonia tenuifolia rosea New for 2017 SOLD OUT

This very rare color form of the pixie-like single flowered wild fern-leaf peony is 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 2-3 eye divisions.  Don't buy this unless you have ideal well drained soils. Important for hybridizers to cross with the double form and other species.



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They require exceptional drainage and are very difficult to impossible to grow in pots so you are not likely to find them in even some of the specialty nurseries since they must be dug and shipped in the fall while the tops are dormant and they are going into their rooting cycle. They don't make the same robust roots we are used to seeing on the common garden peony. They also don't make as many growing buds as the common garden peony or they are all clustered on a thin stem and so do not make standard 3-5 eye divisions. Some species grow very slowly and may not make 2 divisions until after a period of 10 years making them expensive to grow. If they were quick growing and easy to propagate we would see them available at discount and hardware stores. Since they are protected species in the wild those gardeners growing them are really providing a sanctuary for these special plants giving them the best possible care.

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