Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Paeonea obovata alba in the Asian Collections

Single white cupped flowers come early but don't last long. This is about the least impressive Peony that I can call to mind. It's surely the least impressive we have in the Asian Collections. I like it though, with it's furry maroon petioles and its curved glossy red stigmas (ae?). The fruits in the fall are fantastic red follicles enclosing blue-black fertile seeds and red sterile seeds. I guess I like flashy fruit!

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