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Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt' (2 litre) Special Offer Click and Collect Only / Local Home Delivery

Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt' (2 litre)



  • Common Name: Herbaceous Peony, Paeony
  • Position: Full sun, Partial shade, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing, Sheltered
  • Soil: Moist but well-drained, Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand, Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Flowers: Summer
  • Flower Colour: Pink
  • Hardiness: H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe
  • Habit: Deciduous, Clump-forming
  • Height & Spread: 95cm × 60cm

One of the best loved of all garden peonies. Large double flowers of apple blossom pink. The flowers are very sweetly perfumed and this peony is one of the best for cutting.

Sarah Bernhardt is a taller variety of peony often growing to 95cm, so ideal for the back of the border. It may require staking. Flowers are freely produced often to the end of June so it is great for extending the flowering season.

Always a favourite!

Who was  Sarah Bernhardt?

The Sarah Bernhardt peony was introduced in 1906 by the French breeder Monsieur Lemoine and named after Sarah Bernhardt, a French actress - some say the most famous actress the world has ever known.

She had a famous coffin in which she often slept instead of a bed, as she reckoned it helped her understand her many tragic roles. Whilst performing in la Toscana in 1905 she jumped off a parapet and injured her knee which led to her leg being amputated. The saying "doing a Sarah Bernhardt" refers to having a melodramatic moment, a tribute to Sarah's extraordinary talent for tragic drama.

One thing we do know for sure, is that Sarah's namesake, just like the icon herself, is a beauty of a peony and one of our most popular blooms!

What is a containerised plant?

Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt' RHS Award of Garden Merit

How to plant and care for peonies

If you have never grown a peony before, or just need a few tips or reminders, read our care guide here!