Paeonia (peony or paeony) is a genus of flowering plants, the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. Boundaries between species are not clear and estimates of the number of species range from 25 to 40. Most are herbaceous perennial plants 0.5 to 1.5 metres (1.5 to 5 feet) tall, but some resemble trees 1.5-3 m (5-10 ft) tall. They have compound, deeply lobed leaves and large, often fragrant, flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer.
Varieties include: peony alexander fleming, peony blaze, peony coral, peony duchess de nemours, peony festiva maxima, peony flame, peony henry, peony jadviga, peony kansas, peony paula fay, peony red charm, peony red sarah, peony sarah bernhardt,
Paeonia photo (cc) Amanda Slater
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