The petals of the large, semi-double, fragrant, very pale pink flowers are often flecked with red. In time they open into a loose, low dome just revealing a centre of golden stamens and become almost white. The blooms are held in clusters on strong stems.
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.