The scented flowers open into a pink, semi-double cup. As the flowers age, they reveal a centre of soft yellow stamens, and the colour softens to a soft coral pink. Each flower is carried on long, strong stems with a few side branches. It has shiny, mid-green leaves.
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.