Paeonia lactiflora Pall.

Herb to about 50 cm tall. Leaves twice divided into 3, base tapering. Flowers to 10 cm wide, white in the species but cultivars pink to deep red. Stamens yellow; spring to summer. Follicles to 2 cm long.

Himalayas, Siberia

There is a variety, trichocarpa (Bunge) Stern, which has hairy carpels.

A selection of cultivars is listed under the cultivar tab. Other cultivars occasionally available include: 'Avalanche', 'Bowl of Beauty', 'Edulis Superba', 'Félix Crousse', 'Lady Alexandra Duff', 'Ladybird'.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Paeoniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Bunkers Hill'

Semi-double with crimson petals contrasting with golden stamens.

Paeonia lactiflora 'President Roosevelt'

Flowers large, double, dark pink, fragrant.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Sara Bernhardt'

Flowers large, ruffled, purplish pink.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Saxifragales
family       Paeoniaceae
genus        Paeonia L.