Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima'
One of the most beautiful peonies I have is 'Festiva Maxima'. It looks really stunning when in full bloom with it's large, multi-petal flowers. Again this year, it will have over eighty flowers. Each stem carries five to six flower buds, the central one being first to open.
This peony is rather high (about 1m) and I always circle it around with wire mesh before it starts to sprout in spring. As it grows through, the wire became invisible. It holds the stems together. Though the stems are strong and erect, the flowers are pretty large and heavy and I additionally stake every flower stem for better support.