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© Deeproot Plant Base
common name: Peony
full sun, part shade
moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 8
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.
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.
From seed or by division of the tuberous roots.
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.
Native to Southern Europe, from France to the Balkans. Normally found in meadows, woodland and rocky places, usually on limestone soils.