Rachel Peony (Paeonia ‘Rachel’)

Rachel Peony

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

You can’t go wrong with a classic, and the Rachel Peony (Paeonia ‘Rachel’) proves why. This impressive peony erupts with petal upon petal upon petal of vivid red. Its sweet floral fragrance will remind you of the beauty of spring each time you walk past. And these vibrant and fragrant blooms will encourage hummingbirds and butterflies to visit your garden time and time, again.

Did you know that peonies can live for decades once established? In fact, some even live for more than fifty years! Which means under the right conditions, your Rachel Peony will provide you, your children, and your grandchildren beautiful blooms year after year!

This gorgeous peony hybrid variety was developed over a century and a half ago and has remained popular ever since. In fact, the Rachel Peony has really become a classic.

This prized variety comes to life with massive pinkish-red, layered blooms in late spring. These double flowers have wide, silky guard petals and joyous ruffles of interior petals.

The Rachel Peony also grows medium green foliage that creates the perfect backdrop for its blooms but also looks attractive out-of-bloom.

As a go-to for florists, this peony offers strong stems and long-lasting blossoms that look fresh for over a week after being snipped. They last even longer when refrigerated, and they add an unparalleled beauty to bouquets. If you’re a fan of fragrant, huge cut flowers, plant the Rachel Peony in your cut garden.

To really show off the spectacle of this amazing peony, plant several in your perennial border with other color varieties. It will also thrive and dazzle once established in your mixed border or cottage garden. Plant a row in front of your hedge to add a blast of color to your yard.

Provide your Rachel Peony with a bright and sunny spot for best performance. It also does best with low to medium moisture, well-drained soil. Once established, this tenacious flower will be drought-tolerant. For the largest and most showy blooms, provide your Rachel Peony with a thin layer compost in the fall and plant it about 2 inches below the ground.

Invite some pollinators to your yard with a Rachel Peony. These winged guests will love the fragrant flower and you’ll love that it’s easy to care for and captivating to look at.

Information About Bare Root Peonies

Bare root Peonies are shipped as nice 3-5 eye bare root divisions. Their woody roots are not uniform, it is normal for each root to look slightly different.

Plant with the eyes just below surface level with the woody roots spread out underneath. Once buried, water and mulch thoroughly.

Rachel Peony (Paeonia ‘Rachel’) Details

Common name Rachel Peony
Botanical name Paeonia 'Rachel'
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 3 ft.
Width 2 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low to Medium
Soil condition Well-drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color Red
Leaf color Perennial