Peony, Peony rose
Paeonia lactiflora hybrids and cvv.
These days it seems that nothing is as beautiful as the peony flower. Whether they feature in bouquets or in garden beds, the influence of the peony has reached new heights. The peony bloom across spring and summer in a variety of colours ranging from reds, pinks and whites to vibrant yellows.
Peonies are lightly scented and prized for their great beauty. Australian grown peonies are usually available from the first week in November to mid-December but availability can vary up to two weeks either way. Place in clean water with flower food added to encourage opening.
There are around 40 species of peony that originate from Asia, Europe and North America. The flower signifies romance, elegance, honour, wealth and abundance in the language of flowers.
Buy plump buds with the petals unfurling and clearly showing colour. Flowers more than 50% open are more prone to handling damage. Peonies are very delicate but will last about 5 days with minimal handling. Check that the stems and leaves are clean and unblemished.