Cultivar: Festiva Maxima

 
Festiva Maxima
Acquired: 1924 |  APS Rating: 9.3

1916-Farr:24 Very large, globular, rose type. Pure white center, prominently flecked crimson; outer petals sometimes faint lilac-white on first opening. Very tall, strong, vigorous grower.... Read more

Cultivar Group: Paeonia lactiflora
Introduced: 1851
Breeder: Miellez
Country of Origin: France
Form: Double
Color - Authentic: white
Season: Early

Updated February 9, 2016

 
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Nichols Arboretum
 
Historical Significance:

1916-Farr:24 Very large, globular, rose type. Pure white center, prominently flecked crimson; outer petals sometimes faint lilac-white on first opening. Very tall, strong, vigorous grower. Early. The most popular white variety for cut-flowers. 50 cts. See illus. facing p. 36.

1918-B006-I:08

1921-B014:11 Symposium II rating: 9.3

1923-SPN:345

1928-B:32 Double. 9.3 (Sym. 1921). White.

1928-B-d:096 Double type; very large; early. White, with prominent crimson flakes on a few central petals; fairly fragrant. Tall; very floriferous; stems usually strong. Foliage large, dark green. Excellent for both garden decoration and cutting. The flowers are globular, with wide petals of heavy substance, loosely arranged, and last well when cut. An old, thoroughly tested variety whose merit is proved by its very great popularity. "Does not last well when cut. Chicago market says it is a poor cut-flower."— Brand. "Splashed, streaked, and edged with crimson. Usually flatfish rather than globular."—Saunders. "Stems good but not rigid by any means—rather spreading."—Little.

1962-W:075 Double. Large globular rose type, center pure white flecked crimson. Outer petals sometimes faint lilac white in first opening. Early. Fragrant. The name means the largest and gayest. Perhaps the most famous of all the older varieties.

1976-K:030 (Mielles, 1851) - Double - White - Early. Tall. Fairly fragrant. Very large. White with prominent crimson flakes on a few central petals. Very floriferous; stems usually strong. Foliage large, dark green. Excellent for both garden decoration and cutting. The flowers are globular, with wide petals of heavy substance, loosely arranged, and last well when cut. An old, thoroughly tested variety whose merit is proved by its great popularity. M.

Historical Color:

1916 -Pure white center, prominently flecked crimson; outer petals sometimes faint lilac-white on first opening

1928 - White.

1928 - White, with prominent crimson flakes on a few central petals, splashed, streaked, and edged with crimson.

1962 - Center pure white flecked crimson. Outer petals sometimes faint lilac white in first opening.

1976 - White with prominent crimson flakes on a few central petals.

Scent - Historical:

1928 - fairly fragrant

1962 - Fragrant

1976 - Fairly fragrant

Historic information about this cultivar includes published information courtesy of the American Peony Society.

 

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