Fern Leaf Peony (Paeonia tenuifolia) in the Peonies Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Paeonia tenuifolia Accepted
Paeonia lithophila Synonym
Paeonia biebersteiniana Synonym
Paeonia tenuifolia subsp. biebersteiniana Synonym

Also sold as:
'Itopa Shakuyaki'

Data specific to Peonies (Edit)
Flower Form: Single
Flower Color: Red

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 12 to 24 inches (30-61cm)
Plant Spread: 9 to 18 inches (20-45cm)
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
3"-4"
Flower Time: Spring
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: warm, cool, warm cycles
Other info: an epigeal germinator
Propagation: Other methods: Division

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Photo gallery:
Location: From my garden. Poland.Date: 2019-03-25
By Orsola
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Location: My Garden in PADate: 2018-05-04Single pink fernleaf peony
By kousa
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-05-04
By bonitin
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Photo courtesy of: Clivid
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Location: Cheyenne, WyomingDate: 2019-04-069 sets of cotyledons plus 1 seedling still emerging from the seed
By MrsBinWY
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Location: From my  garden. Poland.
By Orsola
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Date: 2014-03-29Photo courtesy of: Filip Maljkovic
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Date: 2011-08-02Paeonia tenuifolia - circa 1868 SGS
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Location: My Garden in PADate: 2018-05-03Single pink fern leaf peony
By kousa
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Location: From my collection. Poland.
By Orsola
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2019-05-11
By kniphofia
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-10-13
By bonitin
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Date: 2015-04-07
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Date: 2015-04-07
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Location: Display bed at Edrom nursery, ScotlandDate: 2008-05-02
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Image Courtesy of Monches Farm Used with Permission
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Image Courtesy of Monches Farm Used with Permission
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Location: From my  garden. Poland.
By Orsola
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Comments:
Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on May 18, 2015 11:00 AM

I love this peony! The foliage is distinctive, and the bloom is a lovely deep red. It gets bigger and blooms more every year (like any peony, I suppose). I appreciate that it shoots up earlier than other herbaceous peonies, so it's less likely to be stepped on by small feet when the kids are picking daffodils.

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Plant Events from our members
MrsBinWY On May 11, 2019 Potted up
10 in fairly deep pots.
MrsBinWY On April 6, 2019 Seeds germinated
10 up
MrsBinWY On August 1, 2018 Seeds sown
20 seeds (all) from Sheffields. Soaked 24 hours; 90 days warm stratification; 90 cold stratification
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Please Post Pics of Your Interesting and/or Lovely Spring or Fall Peony Foliage! by kousa Jan 17, 2020 11:32 PM 30
2019 Peony Blooms by lovemyhouse Oct 7, 2019 3:27 PM 581
2016 Fern Leaf by Oldgardenrose Jul 17, 2016 8:08 AM 183
Peony Blooms 2015 by Cem9165 Jul 13, 2015 9:43 AM 366
suggestions for shade by Frillylily Apr 19, 2015 8:04 AM 5
Paeonia tenuifolia by fishinggal Apr 15, 2014 4:40 PM 8
2014 Fern Leaf Peonies by Oldgardenrose Oct 7, 2016 7:50 AM 84
fernleaf peony!! by plantfreak Aug 16, 2013 3:22 PM 11
New peony year by Oldgardenrose Jul 6, 2013 8:33 PM 168
2012 Fern Leaf Peonies by Oldgardenrose Mar 10, 2016 3:04 PM 63

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