Paeonia

Paeonia is the only genus of the family Paeoniaceae.  They are native to Asia, S-Europe and western N-America. Most are perennials, but a few are shrubs that can reach 3 m in height. Their flowers are large and colourful and a great number of cultivars are grown in gardens.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty'

Chinese Peony

Chinese peony is native to Asia, but the species is not often grown in gardens. 'Bowl of Beauty' is a garden variety with pink flowers with narrow cream petals in the center.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Duchesse de Nemours'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Duchesse de Nemours'

Chinese Peony

Chinese peony is native to Asia, but the species is not often grown in gardens. 'Duchesse de Nemours' is a garden variety with double, white flowers.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima'

Chinese Peony

Chinese peony is native to Asia, but the species is not often grown in gardens. 'Festiva Maxima' is a garden variety with double, white-pale pink flowers.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Karl Rosenfield'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Karl Rosenfield'

Chinese Peony

Chinese peony is native to Asia, but the species is not often grown in gardens. 'Karl Rosenfield' is a garden variety with double, reddish pink flowers.

Paeonia officinalis 'Rosea Plena'
Paeonia officinalis 'Rosea Plena'

Common Peony

Common Paeony is native to southern Europe, but not often grown in gardens. 'Rosea Plena' is an old garden variety with double, pink flowers.

Paeonia officinalis 'Rubra Plena'
Paeonia officinalis 'Rubra Plena'

Common Peony

Common Paeony is native to southern Europe, but not often grown in gardens. 'Rubra Plena' is an old garden variety with double, red flowers.