Wild Peony: The Flowers

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I went out for another walk today and found a bonanza of wild peony in bloom!  This week I can show you the actual flowers!

Flowers of Wild Peony

Full Bloom!

The petals are a dark red to scarlet color, with yellow pistils and green-to-yellow stamen.   The peony is actually a perrenial herb. Want to know more about Wild Peony?  Here’s a site with all the information:   Wild Peony

The blooms are fascinating! The flower never really opens all the way.  This is the best that it gets!

peony bloom

Wild Peony in Bloom

 

It starts with a tightly closed bud.

Peony Bud

Wild Peony Bud

 

Here is the coolest thing about these wild peony flowers:  the seed pod looks like a huge multi-pronged nose, which continues to grow  while the pistils and the petals fall off!

marturing peony flower

The seed pod is growing!

 

Here is a seed pod without the petals and pistils!

peony seed pod

Wild Peony Seed Pod

These are nothing like the peony plants that grew in my mother’s yard in Vermont.  Can we grow those here in California?   I tried, but the plants never bloom.    They come up every year with beautiful foliage, but no flowers.

Have you seen the Wild Peony plants?  They grow from the central coast of California all the way to San Diego!  More Wild Peony here.

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3 Comments

  1. WOW!!!! Love love love the peonies!

  2. I know that the peonies we have in NJ have little ants all over them. I was told w/out the ants you don’t get flowers. If this is fact, maybe you don’t have those types of ants in S. CAL.

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