Peonies forum: Two kinds of leaves on the same plant

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Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
Cat Lover
Jun 13, 2017 1:21 AM CST
I have never seen this before. I bought a small root (2-3 eye) on sale from BloomingBulb for $3 in fall 2015, it was October so I planted it in a pot and it overwintered fine (it never went outdoors). The name was very generic - Double Pink. It had broad leaves, different from other lactiflora peonies (to my experience).
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Last summer I planted it and this spring it started to grow with the same kind of leaves. After some time it grew "ordinary" lactiflora leaves:

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Why are there 2 kinds of leaves on the same peony? Is it a young peony? I am very curious. Shrug!
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chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
Jun 14, 2017 9:29 AM CST
This is very interesting. Did you take a photo of the root division before planting?
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
Cat Lover
Jun 14, 2017 12:09 PM CST
No, unfortunately I did not take picture of roots then Sad But I remember I looked ordinary, I ordered 6 roots that time, 4 lactiflora, 1 Itoh, 1 heb. hybrid, from different sources.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jun 14, 2017 1:46 PM CST
Looks like mature leaves coupled with juvenile leaves, both lactiflora.
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jun 14, 2017 2:38 PM CST
I have this happened with two of my peonies. One that I planted on the same spot of Paula Fay that I dug up last year. Apparently, I did not get all the Paula Fay roots so that it is sending up a stem right in the middle of my new peony planted in that same spot. Another is with a root that I bought from Bannister Garden. It is supposed to be Mrs. FDR but it is sending up two different types of foliage. Really strange. I don't know what to make of it.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Jun 15, 2017 5:41 AM CST
Looks like you planted two different roots.

I usually have this problems with tree peonies that are grafted onto herbaceous peony roots.
chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
Jun 15, 2017 9:31 AM CST
Very interesting with a herbaceous root, I wonder if it will have two varieties of flowers. Those leaves just look like from two different varieties to me.
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
Cat Lover
Jun 16, 2017 1:43 AM CST
Thank you all for your opinions! Thank You! I will see how this peony grows, it indeed looks strange, maybe it's young, maybe something else Shrug! I hope to remember to come back to this thread next spring and tell how it grows Smiling

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