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Paeonia 'Rachel'
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Plant Type: Peonies

Double type. Large, late midseason. Light rose-pink with flesh tints toward base of petals. Not notably fragrant. Medium height. Free-flowering, erect stems. Good foliage. A high-grade peony of compact, globular form whose chief fault is lack of definite distinction. It should not be confused with RACHEL (Terry, 1900), which is quite inferior. “Very fragrant. In my opinion a very beautiful flower and should rate much higher.”—Boyd.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

A permanant, sunny or partly shady site is ideal for Garden Peonies. Protection from afternoon sun and from harsh winds will help to prolong the lives of the the exotic flowers. Peonies will perform best in well-drained, evenly moist, rich soil with a pH near neutral and they are drought-tolerant once established. When planting a Garden Peony, the depth is particularly important. To ensure flowering, the eyes must be planted 1.5 to 2 inches below ground level. An annual topping of compost is recommended each fall. Though peonies may be slow to establish, you can be assured that they are developing a deep, substantial root system which will help to produce flowers that are well worth the wait. Once established, Peonies can live 50 years or more.

Flower Color


Foliage Color


Plant Spread


Good Companions

Plant Height


Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Well drained.

Characteristics & Attributes


Massive Ruffled Red Double Flowers
Attracts Hummingbirds and Butterflies
A Hybrid Variety Developed in the 1850s

Bloom Time

Late spring.

Critter Resistance



Full sun

Growth Rate

Medium to fast

Seasonal Interests