The peony is a perennial flower. The majority of peony flowers are hybrids, classified as deciduous tree peonies or herbaceous peonies. The flowers on both varieties come in a wide assortment of hues and colors, including pink, red and pure white.
A cream colored double Peony
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The peony is a showy, frilly and fragrant flower that comes in single or double varieties. The plants are thickly leaved and have large, deep green leaves. The peony possesses a tuberous root system.
Herbaceous peonies grow 2 to 4 feet tall. Flowers as wide 10 inches sit on long, sturdy stems, which make for fine floral arrangements. The tree peony is a deciduous shrub that grows 4 to 6 feet tall with flowers up to 1 foot in diameter.
Grown mainly as a decorative plant, the peony also has potential medicinal benefits. According to the journal Experimental Neurology, peony root has shown to be effective in treating neuron damage.
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