Native Region: China - Likiang, Yunnan
Zone Range: 06-09
Preferred Climate: Cool to warm temperate
Harvest Date: Sunday 13 October, 2013
Seed count: 5-7
This species has been used extensively over the centuries in hybridisation in China, Japan and Europe. A small to medium sized shrub, rarely exceeding 3m ( 10ft ) in height with an equal spread, this peony is an attractive addition to any garden.
Paeonia seed can develop a deep dormancy if allowed to dry. For best results, sow fresh seed in autumn in containers in a shaded coldframe. Within six weeks a root should develop, to be followed by a leafy shoot in spring. Grow on in well-drained fertile soil in a location sheltered from wind. Spring sowings may be made in containers and stored in the refrigerator for two months, then moved to a sheltered position to develop the leafy shoot. Protect from heavy frost the first winter, but avoid wrapping the plant as this can promote mould.
The Seed Collectors have kept their Paeonia seeds in cold moist storage to reduce the occurrence of deep dormancy. For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant.