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Scientific Name: Paeonia lactiflora
Pronunciation: pee-OH-nee-uh lack-tih-FLORE-uh
Common Name: garden peony, Chinese peony
Family Name: Paeoniaceae
Plant Type: Flowering cut plant, Herbaceous perennial
Key ID Features: Flowers to 10 cm wide, white to pink, many petals, buds round; leaves mostly with three deeply entire or incised leaflets.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293, Level 1 Apprenticeship

Habit: Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Coarse
Mature Size:
Height:0.4 - 0.7m
Spread:0.6 - 1.0m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Central / west Asia (E. Siberia, Mongolia, W. & N. China)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade, Sheltered
Soil/ Growing Medium: Humus rich, Well-drained
Landscape Uses: Cut flower or foliage, Fall interest, Floristry, Group or mass planting, Mixed shrub border, Perennial border, Specimen plant, Spring interest
Additional Info: Google. Over 100 cvs.
garden peony, Chinese peony
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Compound, Lobed
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Pinnate venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Compound Leaf: Biternate, Odd-pinnate, Tripinnate
Colour in Fall: Orange, Red
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Lanceolate
Apices: Cuspidate
Bases: Attenuate
Margins: Entire, Incised, Undulate (wavy)
Additional Info: Spectacular fall colour, margins rough-scabrous, scant hairs beneath

Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Flowers solitary
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:11+
Corolla Shape:Rotate/stellate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Pink, Red, Dark-red, (depends on cv.)
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun

Fruit Type: Follicle, Aggregate fruit
Fruit Colour: Brown, (black seeds)
Fruiting Time: Aug, Sep
Additional Info: Showy, in clusters of 4 to 5 (= number of pistils)

Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes, Tuberous roots

Propagation: Seed, Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Other:Usually need support once the large flowers get wet.
Pest Susceptibility: Blight or needle cast, Fungal leaf spot, Mold, ( Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant, Drought resistant )
Specific Pests: Botrytis grey mold
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