Paeonia daurica

Jane McGary via pbs
Tue, 27 Apr 2021 13:46:58 PDT
I hope that attaching a photo to a post is as easy as the FAQs imply. If 
this worked, it shows a group of Paeonia daurica including P. daurica 
ssp. daurica (dark pink, from Halda collections in the 1990s), P. 
daurica ssp mlokosewitschii (light yellow flowers in laft background, 
also a Halda collection), and their self-sown seedlings (cream flushed 
pink), growing on sloping clay loam in the garden. The plant of P. 
mlokosewitschii had similar cream-pink flowers in my former garden, 
where the soil is higher in iron and potassium; when I relocated it to 
my present garden, the flowers became yellow. P. daurica self-sows very 
enthusiastically in this region. The big single flowers don't last as 
long as double hybrids, but they are very showy in mid-spring, and the 
foliage is decorative all summer. I don't generally send seed of these 
to exchanges because other species grow near them (one can be seen in 
the photo, the shorter plant in the background) and hybridization may occur.

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

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