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Paeonia humilis
Paeonia humilis
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Paeonia humilis

Dwarf Common Peony

USDA Zone: 3-9

Plant number: 1.407.720

More correctly called P. officinalis subsp. microcarpa. This is a wild species type of Peony, native to Spain and southern France. This forms a compact mound of deeply divided green leaves. Single blooms of bright magenta-red petals appear in mid spring, surrounding a yellow tuft of stamens. Though seldom offered, this is easy to grow, hardy and an interesting plant for the perennial collector. Herbaceous: stems die back to the ground in winter. Pods split open in the autumn to reveal seeds, which may be used to grow new plants. Like all peonies, mature plants may be divided in the autumn every 5 years or so, if desired.

Further details for
Paeonia humilis

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Pink
Blooming Time
  Mid Spring
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
   25-40 cm
   10-16 inches
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.