10 years to reach maturity
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Paeonia is a genus of around 36 herbaceous perennial plants or deciduous subshrubs. They reside in the Paeoniaceae family and are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America. They have large, compound, deeply divided leaves and large, showy, often fragrant flowers. These plants have been extensively cultivated in China and in Europe since the 15th Century. There is a wide variety of cultivars and hybrids with diverse growth habits, flower colours and forms available. Some have won the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit and are included in the “Plants for Pollinators” initiative.
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How to propagate Peony
Divide in autumn or early in spring.
Many species can be propagated by seed.
Propagate by seed in autumn (may take up to 3 years to germinate), tuberous species by root cuttings in winter, tree peonies by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
Grafting in winter.
Special features of Peony
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Peony
Grown for their bold foliage, showy blooms and in some species colourful seed pods. Flower arranging. As Alice Morse Earle the American author and historian (1851-1911) memorably wrote: "The Peony always looks like a well-dressed, well-shod, well-gloved girl of birth, breeding, and of equal good taste and good health; a girl who can swim and hike and play golf ..."
Poisonous to Pets
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