'Festiva Maxima' peony has been in gardens since the 1850's. It was hybridized by Miellez and introduced to the world in 1851. These double peonies have lots of loosely arranged petals, providing that full, sumptuous heirloom quality. The very white petals are flaked with crimson, predominately on the center petals. Dark green foliage. Excellent as a cut flower and a lovely garden peony, which may benefit from staking. The very large flowers and superb fragrance elicit memories of Grandma's garden. Grows to about 36" tall and is an early mid-season peony bloomer.