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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Paeonia - Chinese peony, peony or paeony


Fully opened peonies arranged in glass vases for my "Watching that lazy town bee" design

Common name

Chinese peony, peony or paeony


Native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America


Peonies for the cut flower market are herbaceous perennials. Tree peonies (large shrubs) are generally not grown for their cut flowers.


White, cream, yellow, coral, pink and red

Vase life

Two weeks


Varieties differ. Some are just slightly fragrant while others are quite strongly fragranced


Fully opened peonies are spectacular for massed designs. Very popular in wedding designs. The tight buds are great in dramatic work as a focal point.


Remove all foliage that will fall below the water line. Cut the stems at an angle and place in water with flower food. Keep the tight buds in a cool dark place to keep them in bud for as long as possible. To open the flowers, submerge them in warm water for a few hours. Re-condition the stems every few days by giving the stems a fresh cut and refreshing the water. Where possible, arrange the flowers in water rather than floral foam. Peonies are very sensitive to ethylene gas, do not place the flowers close to fruit.

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Related Designs

12 June 2013 Watching that lazy town bee

Spiral curl tiny bees to zoom around fragrant peonies