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Paeonia brownii (Brown's peony)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Paeonia brownii

Paeonia brownii Douglas ex Hook.

Brown's peony, Western Peony

Paeoniaceae (Peony Family)


USDA Symbol: pabr

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A rather fleshy, bluish-green, leafy plant, usually with several clustered stems, divided leaves, and greenish and reddish-brown globose flowers, 1 hanging at end of each stalk

The genus name comes from Paeon, the physician of Greek gods; northwestern Indians made tea from the roots to treat lung ailments.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Dark Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Eastern Washington; south through the northern two thirds of California; east to Utah, western Wyoming, and Idaho.
Native Habitat: Chaparral, sagebrush, and pine forests.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Paeonia brownii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Paeonia brownii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Paeonia brownii


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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