Paeonia vetchii ‘Alba’

/Paeonia vetchii ‘Alba’
Paeonia vetchii ‘Alba’ 2014-01-12T10:26:41+00:00

Often when a plant is as rare as hens’ teeth it is also dull and its only interest is in its rarity.  This, though, is a little gem. It forms a compact dome of neat foliage about 1m (3ft) tall that starts off a burnished olive colour and matures to apple green.  On the species the flowers, about the size of a golf ball, are magenta pink but this rare form has pure white flowers that seem to be nodding their heads.

It produces masses of seeds and the seedlings have a flowers that are shades of pale pink – never the pure white of the mother plant.  I’ve not been brave enough to divide my plant yet but will when it gets so big that I don’t need to worry about looking it in the process.  The best time to divide peonies in northern Europe is late August or early September.

Paeonia vetchii Alba

Paeonia vetchii Alba