One of the oldest named peonies still grown by nurseries, 'Edulis Superba' was introduced in 1824. It produces deep rose pink flowers with a central dome of notched petals that curve towards the centre and are interwoven with creamy pink petals. A heavily scented flower, it is good for cutting. Mid season.
Peonies will grow in most soils as long as they are not wet, including clay soils. They require a sunny or partially shaded site. Herbaceous peonies need to be planted with the eye (the dormant pink buds) no more than 2.5cm below the surface of the soil. Do not mix manure in the soil before planting as this may rot the eyes.