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Madame Emile Debatene Peony

Paeonia 'Madame Emile Debatene'

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Madame Emile Debatene Peony (Paeonia 'Madame Emile Debatene') at Dickman Farms

Madame Emile Debatene Peony flowers

Madame Emile Debatene Peony flowers

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Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


An exceptionally fragrant selection; bright, salmon pink double flowers on tough, firm stems, look spectacular in the garden in mid to late spring; attracts butterflies and pollinators; an excellent choice for spring color in shrub borders or beds

Ornamental Features

Madame Emile Debatene Peony features bold fragrant salmon flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its glossy compound leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Madame Emile Debatene Peony is an herbaceous perennial with a more or less rounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Madame Emile Debatene Peony is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Madame Emile Debatene Peony will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features