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Brown, W.M, 1938




Pale lavender pink flowers of flat form. A Canadian peony introduced by William Brown. William Brown was a prominent member of the Ontario horticultural community in the first half of the 20th century. Like many peony breeders, peonies were his hobby - he made his living as a cabinet maker. He introduced about a dozen cultivars which are either no longer available or hard to find today. Of the six I grow Athelstane and Elgin are my favourites. A gorgeous peony and a part of Canadian horticultural history.


Height: 60-90 cm

Fragrance: Excellent

Sidebuds: Several

Staking Required: Best when staked

Bloom Week: 5

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  • A Note on Observations

    Observations of height, side buds, and staking are from Hudson, Quebec (zone 5a) grown in full sun, in a clay based soil. In different environments plants will perform slightly different. Instead of 1 to 2 side buds per stem, you may have none. If growing in slightly shadier environment, your peony may require staking. The observations are meant as a general guide, in how your peony should perform in optimal planting. In the case of fragrance, these are observations based on personal sniff tests in the field, we must bear in mind our olfactory senses are all different. 

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