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How many varieties of peony are there?

Last Updated: 13th June, 2020

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Five types of peony to grow. We list the five types of peony - all of them beautiful and well worth growing. Peonies are some of the most beautiful plants you can grow, with their sumptuous, velvety blooms in early summer. After the flowers have faded, the beautiful lobed foliage adds interest to beds and borders.

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Keeping this in consideration, how many different types of peonies are there?

30+ species including Paeonia officinalis and Paeonia lactiflora.

are yellow peonies rare? While yellow peonies remain somewhat uncommon today, the yellow blossomed tree, herbaceous and intersectional peonies are all available for the collector's garden. One of the approximately nine wild species of tree peonies is Paeonia lutea. Small 2" lemon yellow flowers bloom late in the tree peony season.

Simply so, how do I know what type of peony I have?

Observing the Flowers Common colors for garden peony flowers are dark red, pink, white and pale purplish-red. Single flowers feature between five and 10 petals. Flowers of tree peonies are often similar in width to those of garden peonies, but frequently grow to as long as 8 to 10 inches, as well.

Are peonies rare?

Rarest and It's Back! Although fragrant red peonies are hard to find, this rose-scented legend is “positively sweet-smelling” (Harding, 1923). On wiry stems, its satiny, deep crimson flowers are just the right size for gardens and bouquets.

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Sandica Muijel

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Should peonies be cut back?

Once the plants start to yellow or brown in the fall they should be cut to the ground. Early fall or after the first frost is the ideal time to cut back the plants. Cutting peonies in the fall helps remove foliar diseases and reduce infection next year. Simply cut all the growth off at the soil level and discard.

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Which peony smells best?

Paeonia lactiflora 'Philomele' (Peony)
Among the most fragrant peonies, 'Philomele' (Paeonia lactiflora) is also very attractive. It produces very elegant medium-sized, anemone-shaped or crown-shaped blossoms, with large lavender-pink guard petals surrounding a center of amber-yellow and lavender-pink petaloids.

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Hardeep Guha

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Are blue peonies real?

The plants known as blue peonies tend toward a lavender-pink hue, not true blue. If you search for blue peonies, you'll find that most blue varieties occur in tree peonies (Paeonia suffruticosa).

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What is the difference between a tree peony and a herbaceous peony?

The difference between tree peonies and herbaceous peonies lies in the way it produces its foliage. Herbaceous peonies produce leaves, which form handsome rounded mounds that die back in the autumn, while tree peonies have woody stems that remain during the winter.

Devona Harnabar

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Why are peonies so popular?

Peonies symbolise good fortune and a happy marriage
And it's this symbolism (as well as their beauty) that makes them such a popular choice for spring wedding bouquets.

Eugeni Mestanza

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Are peonies expensive?

In general, peonies are more expensive than roses. ValuePenguin places peonies' cost (wholesale) at approximately $3 to $9 per stem while garden roses run about $4 to $7 per stem. This breakdown is not always the case, however, because costs can vary widely depending on several factors.

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Wilda Blau

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How do you keep ants off of peonies?

But there is a simple solution for the ant problem, and it's one that every commercial peony grower practices: Cut the peonies when they are in bud, before the petals unfurl. If there are ants on the buds, wipe them or shake them off. Then put the peonies in water, and let them bloom inside.

Julietta Touzani

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What can I plant in front of peonies?

Peonies enjoy plenty of companion plants, including Alliums, Bearded Irises (Iris germanica), Siberian Irises (Iris siberica), Columbines (Aquilegia), Spring Bulbs, Roses and small shrubs and trees.

Rongfen Beklemeshev

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What does a peony leaf look like?

Peonies make fine sentinels lining walkways or a lovely low hedge. After its stunning bloom, the peony's bushy clump of handsome glossy green leaves lasts all summer, and then turns purplish-red or gold in the fall, as stately and dignified as any flowering shrub.

Anguel Kaufholt

Teacher

How many times does a peony bloom?

Peonies bloom starting in April and through the months of May and June. Blooms typically last for a week to 10 days. To fill a yard or garden with continuously blooming peonies throughout the season, plan to plant a variety of cultivars, from early- to late-season bloomers.

Roso Isis

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Can roses and peonies be planted together?

Peonies and roses are a marriage made in heaven. Their burnished, coppery foliage blends together well and their flowers overlap, with peonies putting on a show from late May onwards, with the roses taking over in summer. Floribunda roses, often scorned by rosarians, make the best partners for peonies, in my opinion.

Deidamia Granero

Teacher

What Colour peonies can you get?

Peony colors vary dramatically. The traditional tints of Chinese or garden peonies (Paeonia lactiflora) include white, pink, rose and red. Tree peonies (Paeonia suffruticosa) and hybrid Itoh peonies expand the peony color palette to offer shades of coral, deep purple, mahogany and bright yellow.

Khaddouj Riagan

Reviewer

Do peonies need support?

In order to give the proper support for peonies, you need to get some peony cages to hold them up. Some peony varieties grow taller than others, and will need taller supports to hold the flowers upright. If your supports are too short, the flowers will simply collapse over the top of the supports.

Sharan Huske

Reviewer

What do peonies symbolize?

Common peony meanings include romance, prosperity, good fortune, a happy marriage, riches, honor, and compassion — but peonies can also mean bashfulness. There are two common myths about the peony. In one, the peony is believed to be named after Paeon, the Greek physician of the gods.

Kavita Luckel

Reviewer

Can peonies be yellow?

These cheery bloomers open flowers in various yellow shades, from lemon, to butter, to gold. You can find yellow peonies in each peony group: garden or Chinese peony (Paeonia lactiflora), tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) and Itoh intersectional hybrids.

Wolfram Ionescu

Reviewer

What fertilizer is best for peonies?

Routine Peony Feeding
Phosphorus and nitrogen are important nutrients for a peony over its lifetime. You must ensure proper levels each year so that your plants will grow as they should and produce vivid blooms. Apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer -- a 5-10-10 blend, for instance -- to the soil around the peony stem.

Poncio Caloba

Supporter

What is white peony root used for?

The White Peony Root is best used as a tonic for blood and as a “heat reducing” (or “heat removing”) herb for the liver.