Garden Peony - Paeonia officinalis


    A large flowering plant reaching 60 to 70 cm in height and the same across. It has large (10 to 13 cm across) bowl shaped flowers of deep red or pink, and large leaves which are divided into as many as nine leaflets. As a cultivated plant, ?double? varieties have also been produced.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually found as a garden escape and often near to habitation, or at tips.

    When to see it

    Flowers in May or June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional as an escape from cultivation in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    nfrequent or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire, the first record coming from Groby Quarry in 1997.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map