Peony is a long lived herbaceous perennial producing stunning flowers in late spring. The annual shoots emerge from large underground tubers that resent disturbance. These plants are not recommended for any impatient gardener and should be considered a long-term investment. Often taking 3-5 years before the first solitary flower appears, the property is often sold before the original planter sees a flower. Once flowering size is obtained though, the display will increase each year until there may be more than 50 large flowers on each crown.
Remove dead flowers as soon as the display is finished, but do not cut the leaves off till autumn. In the autumn, the stalks should all be cut to ground level. During the winter months, top dress with compost or manure, and apply a slow acting fertilizer. When weeding or cultivating nearby, take care not to damage the tubers. Double varieties may require support during the flowering period.
No toxic, culinary or medicinal properties known.
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