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Botanical Name: Paeonia 'Pastel Splendor'

Common Name: Pastel Splendor Peony

Cultivar: Pastel Splendor

Other Names: Itoh Peony

Plant Type: Perennial

Large semi-double blooms held on strong stems above luxurious foliage, lavender buds open to soft pink petals that mature to creamy yellow with dark maroon blotches, easy to grow and very hardy, prefers sun

Plant Categories: Perennial, Sun-loving Perennial

Landscape Application: Massing, Garden

Water Requirements
Average To Moist

Sunlight Requirements
Full Sun To Partial Shade

Plant Height
30 Inches

Plant Width/Spread
30 Inches


Deer Resistant

Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies


Growth & Care

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone3a
Soil PreferenceRich
Recommended Pruning MethodCut Back In Fall

Size & Shape

Growth RateSlow
Plant FormRound

Additional Categories

Additional CategoryPeony


Foliage TypeDeciduous
Foliage ShapeLobed


Flower ColorShell Pink
Flower Fades ToCream
Flower PeriodFrom Mid To Late Spring
Flower FragranceMedium
Suitable for Cut Flower ArrangementsYes

Landscape Attributes

Pastel Splendor 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,


Pastel Splendor Peony is recommended for the following landscape applications,

Mass Planting, General Garden Use

Ornamental Features

Pastel Splendor Peony features bold lightly-scented shell pink flowers with buttery yellow overtones, chartreuse eyes and a dark red blotch at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring that fade to creamy white over time, which emerge from distinctive lavender flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its glossy lobed compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Planting & Growing

Pastel Splendor Peony will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 26 inches apart. 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. 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.

Negatives: Disease