Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Paeonia californica Nutt.
Paeoniaceae (Peony Family)
California peony is a 1 ft. perennial
with 5-30 branched stems per plant. Large, drooping maroon flowers occur at the top of the branches. Each flower has 5-6 petals and numerous stamens.
This plant can be difficult to cultivate. Its swollen roots will rot if watered in the summer.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar
CA Native Distribution:
Monterey to San Diego, Cos., CA Native Habitat:
Dry, brushy places below 4000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Various extremely well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: This plant can be difficult to cultivate. Its swollen roots will rot if watered in the summer.