Fern-Leafed Peony

There is a very unique Peony that blooms earlier than the other peonies. It is a Fern-leafed variety. It’s real name is Paeonia tenuifolia ‘Rubra Plena’ or ‘Rubra Flora Plena’…depending on who you listen too. It is rumored that this plant is an old heirloom variety that made it’s way around the United States by covered wagon. I was lucky enough to have one in my gardens in North Dakota, but I left it there when we moved. I do not have one here. However, I know where one is located..at the local cemetery, Chance and I have been following this plant very closely.


June 01, 2009


June 10, 2009 at Sunset

June 13, 2009

If you decide that you cannot live without this plant, then find one at your local homegrown garden center that sells perennials, be prepared to part with about 50 dollars. Now for the burning question that follows: Are ants really required in order for Peonies to bloom? I believe that ants help the many layered buds to open, and they are naturally attracted to peonies, that’s why they are so often seen on peonies. Peonies are like a sweet desert buffet for ants. Will a peony bloom without ants..yes, but it will be lonely without all those ants that come marching in to herald the grand opening of the peonies.. Hurrah, Hurrah!!

This time of year at the old country church the ladies would bring in peonies for the vases on the alter, their heavy fragrance would fill the church. It was like a passing rite of spring into summer..Lilacs, Iris, Peony, followed by mixed bouquets and ending with the Gladiola’s in August:)

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4 Responses to Fern-Leafed Peony

  1. homd says:

    My mother-in-law has given me two hunks from her fern peony, but I can’t get it to grow! I’m hoping the latest planting will come back from the roots.

  2. East Side says:

    Hey….dare you NOT to write about flowers!

  3. Abra La Mente says:

    Photos of beautiful flowers and a handsome dog…how can you go wrong? :-)

  4. michelle-anne chapman, chaps520508@yahoo.ca says:

    a very nice picture of ‘chance’ and fern-leafed peony

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