This, when at its best is really lovely and even the buds are beautiful. The single, fragrant flowers are vivid pink and have crinkled petals. They open into a deep, tulip-shaped cup and are carried on thick stems that remain firmly upright with shiny, light green leaves. Early 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.