A difficult plant to get hold of, but one of great beauty with double, creamy pink flowers that open into a flat rosette surrounded by neatly turned up guard petals. Amongst the central petals are a few yellow stamenoids. The flower stems are strong and the leaves bright green. May need staking though.
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.