Felix Crousse Peony (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Felix Crousse’)

Felix Crousse Peony


What is Felix Crousse Peony

Few plants bring spring delight like the Felix Crousse Peony. Full with double ruffled petals in raspberry pink, you’ll get an instant pop of spring color the second the flowers emerge. You’ll enjoy the splendor of these grand blooms as they appear throughout late spring, with each bloom lasting 7-10 days.

As a Lactiflora peony, the Felix Crousse is a very hardy shrub that’s great for beginners looking to add color to their garden. Lactiflora peonies tend to be more forgiving in their care than others, and work as wonderful cut flowers. With a light but noticeable fragrance, they can last for more than a week in a vase when cut as a bud.

Butterflies will also adore their vibrant blooms and fragrance, but the plant itself is resistant to both deer and rabbits. You can use them as informal hedges, along borders, or when you want a standout perennial for your cottage garden. Compared to other cultivars, the Felix Crousse Peony is smaller and more compact, making it a versatile landscape addition.

Given the right care, your Felix Crousse Peony can last for decades – some are even known to flourish for 50-70 years! A winner of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, you’ll want to introduce Felix Crousse to your garden this growing season.

Felix Crousse Peony (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Felix Crousse’) Paeonia lactiflora ‘Felix Crousse’

How to Grow and Care for Felix Crousse Peony

Felix Crousse Peony (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Felix Crousse’) Growing Requirements

Hardiness zone 4-8 outdoors


Before planting your peony, you’ll want to find the perfect location. Peonies do not transplant well, so ideally, where you plant your peony is where they will stay. Since they do not like to compete for food and water, keep them away from other shrubs and trees.

For light, peonies prefer full sun. In cold climates, peonies can develop weak stems and fewer flowers without enough sun. Hot climate gardeners, however, may want to provide some afternoon shade.

The best time of year to plant peonies is early fall so they have time to get established before the winter. Add compost to the soil before planting and dig a hole the length of the roots. Too deep can affect how the plant flowers.


Peonies require moderate watering of once a week or more if you live in a hot climate or plant peonies in containers. Soil should be well-draining. Stakes will prevent the peonies from flopping over due to wind and heavy rain.


Fertilize regularly during each growing seasons to maximize blooms, using bone meal or a rose fertilizer.


After the plant has finished flowering, remove spent blooms so they have enough energy for next year’s flowers. Once your peonies are done growing after the first frost, cut back the stems and the leaves entirely to prevent any diseases from affecting new growth in the spring.

Felix Crousse Peony (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Felix Crousse’) Details

Common name Felix Crousse Peony
Botanical name Paeonia lactiflora ‘Felix Crousse’
Plant type Perennials
Hardiness zone 4-8 outdoors
Growth rate Medium
Height 2-3 ft.
Width 2-3 ft.