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Paeonia suffruticosa (Tree Peony) Sheffield`s Seed Co., Inc.
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Paeonia suffruticosa

Moutan, Moutan Peony, Tree Peony

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  • Paeonia suffruticosa

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 90 days, cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Paeonia suffruticosa, also known as Moutan Peony or Tree Peony, is a breathtakingly beautiful species of peony native to China. Its dramatic purplish, rose pink, or white flowers, each with a magenta blotch at the base of its petal, can grow up to 6 inches or more in diameter. This deciduous shrub prefers a warm position with rich soil and likes limestone. It is also the parent of many cultivars. In Chinese culture, Paeonia suffruticosa is an important symbol and is known as "mǔdān". The fallen flower petals of this plant are a delicacy when parboiled and sweetened, or they can be used in dishes. In addition to being edible, it also has medicinal properties. The root and root bark have analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, sedative, styptic and tonic properties. This truly magnificent plant is not only a sight to behold but also has cultural, edible, and medicinal significance.

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