The large, heavily scented, double, white flowers open into a large powder puff with a deep centre and silky petals that at first are tinged with pink and flecked occasionally with red. The mid-green leaves are glossy.
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.