Peony, Chinese Garden (Paeonia lactiflora), packet of 10 seeds
Family: Peony (Paeoniaceae)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 10
(Chinese Peony, White Peony, Herbaceous Peony, Common Garden Peony, Bai-shao, Bai shao) Herbaceous perennial. Native to China, Tibet and Japan. Plant tolerates sun to part shade but give shade if your summers are very hot and dry. Growing to about 28 inches, the plant makes a bouquet of large, round, fragrant, cup-shaped blossoms that occur in the late spring. Despite its common name of “white peony,” the colors will range from red to pink to white. Traditional usage (TCM): menstrual irregularities, fibroid cysts, inflamed liver. There is good demand among practitioners of TCM for domestically produced organic bai-shou to replace the Chinese herb. This plant likes full sun to part shade and well-drained garden soil. Sow seeds anytime in gallon pots, about an inch deep (the seeds are large). Sow about 10 seeds per pot. Germination is usually in the first spring after overwintering, but will sometimes take 2 years.* Patience. Grow out in the gallon pot for a year before individuating and transplanting up to larger containers, then eventually out to the garden. Space plants 2 feet apart.
10 seeds/pkt., open pollinated
**Seeds planted on 10/30/2019 germinated on 2/9/2021, a 464 day induction period. Photo in gallery. RAC