There are about 33 species in this genus of beautiful perennials and shrubs. They are long-lived and rather woody with swollen roots. The large leaves have leaflets which are usually toothed or lobed. The flowers bloom in shades of pink or red but there are also white and yellow-flowered species.
How to propagate Peony
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.
Perennials may also be propagated by division in autumn or early spring.
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 ..."