Chinese peony is part of the Paeonia (Peony) genus and its scientific name is Paeonia lactiflora. The lactiflora part of this plant's botanical name means 'with milk-coloured flowers'.
To destinguish a lactiflora from other species of peony feel the edge of the leaf, if you can feel small bumps, that you can’t see, along the leaf margin then it is a lactiflora. They are also usuallly hairless, the leaves are divided in 3 and then each again into 3, the surface a darker green compared to a lighter green on the lower surface.
The flowers are often scented, double semi double or single held on bronze coloured stems
China is believed to be where Chinese peony originates from.
Typically, Chinese peony is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.
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For winter, cut down to below soil level (so: cover with a thin layer of soil). It will grow back in spring.
Lactiflora has side buds from the main flowering stem that open later to extend the season
The sead pods are also attractive if left on the plant to mature
Peonies enjoy the sun and have deep long roots to allow them to survive in dry situations.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Chinese peony so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Chinese peony so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Chinese peony plants:
In wet weather the leaves are prone to blight. Pull off and burn infected parts.
It is often said that once planted; a peony cannot be moved. This is not entirely true but if you need to move yours do it in the autumn rather than the spring so as to be sure to not disturb it as it starts into growth very early in the spring. Lift the plant with as much of the soil as possible and be prepared for a poor show of flowers in the first season after the relocation
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