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common name: Peony Molly the Witch, Caucasian Peony
synonyms: Paeonia daurica ssp. mlokosewitschii
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: yellow
fruit colour: red & green
main season: Spring
full sun, part shade
moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -29°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
Sought after and choice variety. Red-purple young shoots in early spring develop into clumps of soft grey-green foliage. Lovely single pale lemon-yellow flowers with central boss of golden stamens. Flowering is relatively early, around mid to late spring. May produce attractive seed capsules that burst open to reveal red insides and blue-black seeds.
Moist, well drained, deep, fertile soil in full sun or a little light shade.
Young plants are slow to establish.
By division in autumn. Also from seed, which needs to be sown while fresh.
The difficult to pronouce species name has led to the common gardener's name of Molly-the-Witch.