Plant Base Online (beta)

botanical name:
Paeonia officinalis
Paeonia officinalis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Peony
family:  Paeoniaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.60m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: pink
stem/bark: green
main season: Spring
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 8
description:
Clump forming with palmate, green to greyish green leaves. Single cup-shaped flowers of deep magenta pink with yellw stamens. Coral-pink fruits follow, splitting to release the shiny blue-black seeds.

cultivation:
Moist, well drained, deep, fertile soil, neutral or slightly alkaline, in full sun or a little shade.
Strongly resents root disturbance and takes time to re-establish.

propagation:
From seed or by division of the tuberous roots.

usage:
Long history of use as a medicinal herb, but not much used today. The dried root was normally used to treat convulsions and spasmodic nervous conditions. Also a tea was made from the petals as a cough remedy and treatment for haemorrhoids and varicose veins.

other notes:
Native to Southern Europe, from France to the Balkans. Normally found in meadows, woodland and rocky places, usually on limestone soils.
Deeproot tree logo

You can also install Plant Base on your computer:

  • self contained application
  • more features
  • update and add records
  • larger and higher quality pictures
  • fast and efficient
  • always available, no connection needed
  • Windows, Mac and Android

details ...