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Common Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt'       

Paeonia officinalis

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Sarah Bernhardt is part of the Peony genus and is a Common Peony variety. Its scientific name is Paeonia officinalis 'Sarah Bernhardt'. This variety has a Floral fragrance and typically grows to 10.0 cm (3.9 inches imperial) in diameter, blooming in the following colours:   Flamingo pink and   Rose pink and   Charm pink. The mature flowers are of a Double form. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Red-brown. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Dark spring green and   British racing green colour.

Very large, soft pink, fluffy, flower heads. Perennial with autumn colour in the foliage. It flowers in early summer.
Height 80-100cm
Often has side buds adjacent to the main flower head

This variety is a Flower that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Expect blooming to occur in early summer.

Typically, Sarah Bernhardt Common Peony is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Sarah Bernhardt have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Sarah Bernhardt

  • Full Sun

  • Low

Sarah Bernhatdt will need staking to support the large flower heads
Peonies prefer not to be moved, but it can be done in the autumn if the plant is dug up very deeply so as not to disturb the tubers

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Sarah Bernhardt is thought of as hardy, so Sarah Bernhardt will tend to go dormant or grow slowly over the winter months.

Growing Sarah Bernhardt from seed

Peony can be grown from seed, choose the dark bluish black, the red ones are infertile
Start off in 7cm pots in a cold frame, seeds germinate in the spring

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Sarah Bernhardt

Peony enjoy a sunny well drained position in the middle to the front of the border

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Sarah Bernhardt is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Sarah Bernhardt

Peonies can be used as cut flower, cut as the bud is just opening.

Expect harvests to start to occur in early summer.