I have spent more time trying to sort out the identity of this peony than any other peony I grow. When collecting old peonies there is always a real chance of not having the original cultivar. Some of the old peonies are very similar and the original descriptions are often sketchy at best. This being said, when I have a suspect cultivar I attempt to obtain reference plants from several sources for comparison. I have at least 4 cultivars purporting to be Le Cygne. I have them from Canada, England, Germany and the USA. Each is subtly different. Normally I would abandon and send them all to the compost bin but in this case I believe I have the right one.
Height: 60-90 cm
Staking: Best when staked
Bloom Date: 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.