Henry Bockstoce Peony
A Fragrant Long-stemmed Double Beauty!
'Henry Bockstoce' is a fully double, deep red peony held on extra-long, sturdy stems. The product of many crosses between the peony species lactiflora and officinalis, it is simply more vigorous than many others, with stronger stems, richer color, and more intense scent. These cardinal-red to burgundy blooms are fully double, with a beautiful rosebud center that looks especially appealing in the vase. They appear in early midseason (late spring to early summer in most climates) on plants 32 to 36 inches high. And they will wow you from the very first bud!
Bred by William S. Bockstoce and introduced in 1955, 'Henry Bockstoce' is unforgettable. You will want more of these blooms than a single plant could possibly produce, so consider dotting the perennial around the sunny garden, or creating a low ribbon of color throughout the garden. Irresistibly beautiful, this peony will surely become your favorite!
If you are new to the joy of Peonies, let us enumerate some of their merits! First, they are exceptionally carefree once established. One of the longest-lived perennials, a single plant can last for generations.
Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to insects, rabbits, and even deer.
Third, they offer 3 seasons of color: reddish spring foliage, bright late spring and early summer blooms; and bronze or purple fall tones.
Fourth, they are equally suited for garden or vase, offering old-fashioned charm plus armloads of blooms. Very long-lived after cutting, the flowers can even be used as everlastings.
Peonies are a nice garden "bridge" plant, looking something like a perennial and something like a shrub. Set in front of large shrubs or trees, they make a big splash of color without occupying a lot of space.
Traditional companions to Peonies are spring-and summer-flowering bulbs, blue- and white-flowered perennials, flowering shrubs such as Azaleas, and ornamental grasses. Zones 3-8.
|Zone||3 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring - Early Summer|
|Plant Height||2 ft 8 in - 3 ft|
|Plant Width||18 in - 24 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance, Heirloom, Long Bloomers, Rose Companions|
|Bloom Color||Dark Red, Light Burgundy|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Guam|