Paeonia tenuifolia

Paeonia tenuifolia
Paeonia tenuifolia 
fernleaf peony
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT 0.2-0.4m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS red
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 2   (down to -45°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
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Fernleaf peony is a collector’s choice. This perennial peony is a true gem in any rockery or garden bed. It emerges in early spring with fern-like, finely divided, cut leaves that form a fluffy tuft from which comes out a spherical bud that will open into a lovely flower. It needs warm and sunny weather to begin flowering (April/May in zone 6). The flowers are single, rich red, very bright, and contrast beautifully with vivid yellow stamens.

The leaves resemble Adonis plants hence the alternative name Adonis peony. It forms a dense clump with age but a lot of patience is advised. It is difficult to propagate and quite slow growing, so it needs plenty of care and time before it gets on the garden centre shelf which is why it gets rather expensive. But believe me that it is worth the investment. A unique plant you will adore every spring in flower and all summer with leaves. In very hot areas (zone 8-9) it may go dormant in summer, though.

Fernleaf peony needs very well-drained, sandy, medium fertile or poor soil. It needs full sun and does not mind wind or deep frost. It is said to withstand winters of USDA zone 2.

Last update 06-04-2012
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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