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Plantidote of the day 2011-05-28

jerztomato's picture

tree peony

Paeonia suffruticosa

tree peony

Tree peonies are native to China. You can grow them in zones 5-8. They are reliable, long lived woody shrub (as opposed to the more common peony, which is herbacious and dies back to the ground). They are slow growers and demand plenty of fertilizer.
I have to admit I was thrilled to get a flower this year. I didn't expect to get one. I purchased this plant at a local Japanese food market last summer. Poor thing looked a little ragged and was marked down. I knew I had to rescue it!
In China and Japan the peony is a symbol of wealth and beauty.

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Kathryn's picture
Submitted by Kathryn on fascinating. I found them through an art history course and then went and put them in my garden.

They have also been used a great deal in traditional Chinese medicine.