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

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

Peony Species

Paeonia tenuifolia Wild Fern Leaf PeonyMost peony species including the fern leaf peony are some of the most sought after peonies for gardeners collecting the rare and unusual. Often they sell out very quickly each year and many people ask if we can get more in for ordering. Since most are now protected in their native lands and are not grown by the large commercial growers we have to grow them ourselves. And unlike some garden perennials like daylilies that can be multiplied quickly each crop of species peonies takes 4 - 8 years to grow to maturity.

Each November we post online the species available for the following fall shipping season. I can't remember the last time we had any fern peonies left for sale by the time peonies were blooming in the garden.  If you are interested we suggest you order early to avoid disappointment. Due to extremely high demand we no longer keep waiting lists for the species or fern leaf peonies. 

 

 

 

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 LIMITED SOLD OUT  (ancient species 1836)

Double Fern Leaf Peony is a brilliant 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. Very limited supply in 2018. This always sells out and unlike manufactured things like t-shirts we just can't make more that season. It takes each crop 4-5 years to grow before it is ready to harvest. 



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Paeonia tenuifolia Wild Fern Leaf Peony

Single Fern Leaf Peony Paeonia tenuifolia SOLD OUT  (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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White Memorial Day Peony.

Paeonia officinalis alba plena 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.Mature 3 eye blooming size divisions.



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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.



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Paeonia arietina

Paeonia arietina 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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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 officinalis James Crawford Weguelin

Paeonia officinalis 'J. C. Wegulin' NEW SOLD OUT
This rare species valuable as a breeding plant grows to 32 tall and is early blooming with red flowers. The habit of the plant is more typical of P. peregrina or the rarer P. saueri, recently described which may prove to be its true species rather than a selection of P. officinalis. Very fertile and rewarding for those wishing to try hybridizing peonies. The photo shows a pink reflection from the bright sun when it was taken but the flower color is actually more red than seen here. Mature 2-3 eye divisions.

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Paeonia tenuifolia rosea Rare Pink Wild Fern Leaf Peony

Paeonia tenuifolia rosea SOLD OUT  Wild species

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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Paeonia daurica mlokosewitschii the rare wild yellow peony.

Paeonia daurica mlokosewitschii (yellow form) SOLD OUT  (wild species)

Paeonia daurica mlokosewitschiii is a very distinct peony species found growing in only one valley in the Caucasus mountains. This is the yellow flowered form that is so much sought after. This is like the holy grail for the serious peony species grower. The emerging foliage is bronze red in color and the blossoms occur very early in the peony bloom season. The foliage matures to a matte green color and often the leaves have red stems. These are divisions of our own stock plants and are not unproven seedlings. If you are not an experienced peony grower we do not recommend this rare plant. Mature 2-3 eye divisions. We will be hand pollinating our best yellow forms and will have seed available again this fall.  Check our FaceBook page in September for an update on when hand pollinated seeds will be posted online.



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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. We will have hand pollinated seed of our best selections of this species available in the fall. Check our Facebook page for a notice of the sale in September.



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