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Paeonia californica


California peony


Paeoniaceae (Peony Family)



Paeonia californica (California peony)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar

Distribution

USA: CA
Native Distribution: Monterey to San Diego, Cos., CA
Native Habitat: Dry, brushy places below 4000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light 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.

Last Update: 2007-01-01