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Paeonia tenuifolia (Fernleaf Peony)

Fernleaf Peony, Fennel-Leaved Peony, Slender-Leaved Peony, Paeonia carthalinica, Paeonia hybrida


One of the earliest peonies to flower in the spring, Paeonia tenuifolia (Fernleaf Peony) is a shrubby, herbaceous perennial adorned with finely-divided, feathery foliage and eye-catching single flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm). The blossoms, one per stem, are dark crimson-red and adorned with contrasting golden-yellow stamens in their center. They show off nicely against the attractive, needle-like foliage. This native to southeastern Europe, Turkey and Caucasus is attractive when planted in groups or as a specimen.

  • Blooming in late spring - early summer, this very early season peony will flower for approximately 7-10 days.
  • Reliable and vigorous, this herbaceous peony grows up to 24 in. in height (60 cm) and 18 in. in spread (45 cm). The foliage remains attractive throughout summer until frost before dying to the ground after frost.
  • Enjoys full sun or part shade in rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Peony plants grow best in full sun but will tolerate some light afternoon shade. Provide a sheltered location.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant but attractive to butterflies!
  • Virtually pest free. Watch for honey fungus and peony wilt.
  • Very useful and adaptable in the garden. Perfect as a specimen plant or in groups for borders and bedscottage gardens. Ideal for bordering a walk or driveway and as an informal hedge.
  • Low maintenance. Remove spent flowers as they fade, then cut back plant after the foliage has died down in fall. 

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Paeonia - Peonies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Paeonia - Peonies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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