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Silver Dawn Bush Peony
Silver Dawn Bush Peony

Silver Dawn Bush Peony

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Silver Dawn sports beautiful single-petaled flowers. The color of each bloom on this compact Peony varies from creamy pastel to soft apricot or pink. The blossoms are ruffled and look like delicate crepe paper.  Japanese and Single-Flowered Peonies are rapidly becoming more popular because their graceful lighter flowers give subtle beauty and make them less inclined to lie down in the first hard rain. Huge 3-5 eye divisions.
>Botanical name: Paeonia lactiflora 'Silver Dawn' 
Form: Herbaceous perennial 
Hardiness Zone: 3-8 
Flower Color: Pink blend 
Foliage Type: Shiny, green, pinnately compound, smooth leaf margins, strongly veined
Bloom time: June 
Height: 18-30 inches 
Spread: 36 inches 
Light requirements: Full sun 
Plant depth: Cover eyes with 1-2 inches of soil, depending on zone and climate 

See "Growing Tips" for more detailed instructions
Growing Tips and Instructions

Visit our How-To Cultivation Library to learn more about peonies and how to grow them.

Many growers plant peonies in the Fall; however, if planted early enough in late winter and early Spring, peonies will thrive just as well. Most peonies will take 2 years to show blooms - but trust us, it is well worth the wait!

Peony plants relish slightly acidic soils (pH 6.5 to 7.0) with good drainage. They tend to do well in both full and partial sun, becoming ideal candidates for borders, walkways, hedges and some of those unsightly, desperately-in-need-for-a-facelift spots of the garden. Peonies are great centerpieces and excellent as cut flowers. Most peonies have a wonderful fragrance!

Choose a sun-filled location for planting the peonies, which require at least eight hours of sunlight a day for optimum growth. Weed the planting site thoroughly, using a garden hoe. Turn the soil in the planting site, using a spade or a fork. The soil should be loose and well worked to a depth of 16 to 20 inches about three days before you plant. Lay out a 3- to 4-inch layer of aged steer manure or compost across the topsoil in the planting site. Work the amendment deep into the soil.

Dig planting holes that are about an inch deep if you live in warmer southern regions. Dig the hole 2 inches deep if you live in cooler northern regions. Space each hole approximately 3 feet apart, depending on the variety of peony you are planting. Plant the peony tuber into the planting hole so it sits no deeper than 1 to 2 inches below the surface. Cover the tuber with soil, then water each of the tubers thoroughly. Do not use a spray of water but a slow, even stream so water can sink down to the tubers.

Spread a 3- to 4-inch layer of straw or peat moss for a mulch over the planting site. Mulch will help improve the soil and prevent moisture loss by keeping down pesty weeds.


Sorry, we do not ship outside the U.S. or to Hawaii due to agricultural restrictions.

We guarantee safe arrival of healthy bulbs, that varieties will be true-to-name, and will grow if planted as instructed, subject to the limitations described in our Shipping and Returns Policy.

We begin shipping our bulbs, tubers, and perennials in mid-February through Spring. Upon arriving, your bulbs and most of your perennials may show signs of growth such as green leaves and sprouts - this is okay and transportation during this time should not harm the plants.