Why Do Peonies Need Ants to Bloom?

Peonies produce a sweet nectar that attracts ants, which swarm the peony to assist in opening the buds. The ants' assistance is not required, however, and peony buds also will open on their own.

Keywords: opening the buds, sweet nectar, assistance

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