January 23, 2020

Everyone’s Talking

Paeonia lactiflora 'Do Tell'

Janine Pineo Photo - Paeonia lactiflora 'Do Tell'

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Do Tell’ is another introduction from Edward Auten Jr., this one in 1946. The Japanese, or anemone-flowering, peony is yet another flower form. The center stamens have been replaced by narrow, crowded structures known as petaloids or staminodes. In other words, it looks kind of like a powder puff. This cultivar can grow to about 3 feet tall and has a light scent.

Peony Fact of the Day: The lactiflora in the name translates to “milky-flowered.”