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BOTANICAL SPECIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LET'S KNOW THEM A LITTLE...

Botanical species are the ancestors of today's peonies.

They constitute the first parents of the large peony family, the mother's and father's of the 3 000 cultivars/hybrids known today. Peony botanical species are jewels, unfortunately unknown from the average gardener. Their resistance is proven even though some are threatened and need to be protected.

All peony species have flowers of simple form with colors varying from pure white to yellow or pink to true red. Only three species has the caracteristic to produce more than one flower per stem: Paeonia lactiflora, veitchii and emodi. This characteristic is generally transmitted to their descendants. With the species, the blooming period is generally shorter than with hybrids. However, as they bloom earlier in the season, we can use them to extend the blooming season.

According to the scientific litterature, there is about thirty botanical species of peonies in the world. Their are mainly classified by their foliage degree of cutting (according to Stern). It could be so finely divided that it looks as a fern . Peony species grow generally in the wild. Each of them has its own origin but globally we can find them on almost all continents of the planet. Only two species are from North America: Paeonia brownii and Paeonia californica. They are more botanical garden subjects than plants for the general gardener.

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