Sword Dance Peony

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Vivid eye-popping pink, the Sword Dance Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Sword Dance') is a unique bowl Peony with a pompom of curly yellow and hot pink staminodes in the center. Retaining the incredible Peony fragrance, cold hardiness and ease of care, Sword Dance's near-red, scarlet pink sets it apart from other Peony by leaps and bounds!

Peonies are very hardy tender perennials with deep roots, emerging from the ground every spring in a dense clump of deeply cut foliage in vibrant green all growing season! Quickly the round buds emerge and burst open into the glorious blooms we all know and love! Ideal for attracting as many pollinators as they will draw attention from admirers, these enliven the garden bed and border as brilliantly as they will a bouquet!

Later blooming than other Peony, use Sword Dance to extend your Peony season. This is highly adaptable and in a wide range of soil and climatic conditions. The dense clumps of greenery and strong stems stand up against the wind and storms, and stand tall in your vases!

Planting and Application:

Vigorous growth and bushy growth make Peonies lovely border and edging plants, these look amazing even when not in bloom, highlighting other plants and perennials as a lovely backdrop all growing season. Plant in pollinator gardens, cottage gardens, urban courtyards, perennial gardens and mixed-shrub plantings!

Sword Dance Peony is a bright and colorful addition to spruce up a tired garden bed or border. A grouping or row of these beauties will certainly highlight your driveway or your home's foundation plantings to boost curb appeal big-time! The brilliant color of this Peony is just begging to be your new specimen and focal point of a garden plot!

  • Vibrant Scarlet Pink Petals
  • Curly Yellow & Hot Pink Striped Center
  • Reliable & Vigorous Bushy Green Foliage
  • Fantastic Cut Flower
  • Specimen & Focal Point, Bed & Border Perennial

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Peony does best in full sun and love well-drained soil. Long-lived and highly adaptable to about any type of soil, soil pH and is a low moisture usage plant once they are established. Deer and rabbit resistant and nearly pest-free! Low maintenance perennials, Peony need cut back once the foliage yellows in the autumn after frost, otherwise, they only need deadheading after the flowers fade.

  • Full Sun
  • Almost Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Low Maintenance & Easy Care
  • Deadhead After Flowering & Prune Back in Autumn
  • Long-Lived Tender Perennials

Nature Hills ships quality Peonies with mature root systems and bareroot Peonies with several eyes per root. Buy Sword Dance Peony is just the vibrant bloom for your garden this year! So hurry and order your own fragrant blossoms to upgrade your garden beds this year from NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Sword Dance Peony Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Paeonia lactiflora 'Sword Dance'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 36 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No