Japanese forest peony

Paeonia obovata var. alba

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Japanese forest peony (Paeonia obovata var. alba)
pay-OH-nee-ah oh-bo-VAY-tah variety AL-bah
Genus:  Paeonia
This plant is a beautiful addition to the garden from early spring until autumn. Red shoots with a crystalline dusting emerge in early April, followed by 5-inch-long, egg-shaped leaves that mature to a dark, reddish green. Each 18-inch stem bears a 2-inch-wide, chalice-like, single pure-white flower with yellow anthers and purple filaments. Mature seedpods open to reveal metallic-blue pea-sized fertile seeds and holly-berry red unfertilized seeds.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Often confused with P. japonica , which bears similar flowers but blooms later. Crown increases much slower than other herbaceous peonies.
Care:  Prefers fertile, humus-rich, moist (but not soggy) soil. Avoid contacting the fleshy spring shoots with inorganic fertilizer, which burns the tender leaves.
Propagation:  Best from seed, although slow. Plant only fresh fertilized seeds, which are metallic blue, in the autumn for good germination rates. Plants will bloom in the third or fourth year.
Problems:  Botrytis is an infrequent problem.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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