Joanna Marlene Peony

Paeonia 'Joanna Marlene'

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Joanna Marlene Peony (Paeonia 'Joanna Marlene') at Weston Nurseries

Joanna Marlene Peony flowers

Joanna Marlene Peony flowers

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Joanna Marlene Peony (Paeonia 'Joanna Marlene') at Weston Nurseries

Joanna Marlene Peony flowers

Joanna Marlene Peony flowers

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Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Itoh Peony

Group/Class:  Itoh Hybrids

Brand:  Monrovia


Very large, semi-double yellow blooms with golden centers, and a pink to peach blush on the outer petals; magnificent blooms are held on strong stems over lush, dark green foliage; does not need staking; best massed in the garden or along borders

Ornamental Features

Joanna Marlene Peony features showy fragrant yellow flowers with gold eyes and pink streaks at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy compound leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Joanna Marlene 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

Joanna Marlene Peony is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Joanna Marlene Peony will grow to be about 28 inches tall at maturity, 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. It grows at a medium 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. 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