Candy Cane

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Peony 'Candy Cane' photo courtesy of Valleybrook Gardens
Peony 'Candy Cane' photo courtesy of Valleybrook Gardens

Peony 'Candy Cane' is creamy yellow lightly flushed with pink. It has large prominent bright red flares. Many petals have one to several deep lavender pink streaks.

  • Height: 60-70 cm (23-27 in)
  • Spread: 75-90 cm (29-35 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: full sun to light shae
  • Bloom Colour: golden-yellow petals with red striping
  • Bloom Time: June
  • Flower Form: semi to fully double
  • Leaf Colour: dark green
  • Fragrance: light fragrance

Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Candy Cane' is an intersectional hybrid also known as an Itoh Peony. It should be planted with the eyes 3.5 to 5 cms below ground level. If the eyes have begun to grow they may stick up above the ground. All peonies are heavy feeders and grow best in rich, well drained soil that has been amended with compost. An annual top dressing of compost will help to keep them blooming well. A location in full sun to afternoon shade is ideal. Too much shade will make the plants lanky and bloom production will be affected. While the stems are woody this peony does die almost to the ground in the fall. When winters are mild buds may sprout part way up the stems so we recommend cutting the plants back in the spring after the new growth has started. Unlike tree peonies there is no graft so this plant can be divided after a few years although we recomend leaving the plant to increase into an impressive clump.