PAEONIA OBOVATA (ALBA)
This rare and lovely plant, which is attractive from spring until autumn, is often confused with P. japonica, which bears similar flowers but blooms later. Red shoots with a crystalline dusting emerge in early April followed by long, egg-shaped leaves that mature to a dark, reddish green. Each stem bears a 2-3 inch diameter, chalice-like, single, pure-white flower with yellow anthers and purple filaments. Later, mature seed pods open revealing metallic-blue, pea-sized fertile seeds, and holly-berry red infertile seeds.
Sow at any time covering with compost or grit half an inch deep. Keep moist in a cold spot outside as peonies are very slow to germinate, sometimes taking up to two years to appear. Do not use artificial heat as this may simply kill them. As a rule they just make an underground root the first year, shoots appearing above ground in year two. Grow on seedlings in 3” pots and finally plant out in good garden soil. Never discard the seed tray until the seedlings appear.
Common name:Japanese forest peony
Packet Content:4 (Approx)