This unusual peony has very dark red flowers. The outer guard petals are large and form a frill around the pompon-like centre of frilly petaloids, which are touched at the fringes with white. The flowers are carried on stems that may need staking. The leaves are very dark green.
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.