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Saturday, October 10, 2015

10 Gorgeous Peonies From Around the World

The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

Peonies are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. There are about 40 known species of Peonies. Here is a list of 10 gorgeous peonies from around the world.

1. European peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia officinalis

Common Names: European peony or common peony

Native to: Europe in Spain, northern Portugal and southern France, Italy, Switzerland, western Romania and the Balkan peninsula.

Description: Flowers are fragrant and bowl-shaped measuring 10–13 cm (4–5 in) in diameter.

Colors: deep pink or deep red

2. Majorcan peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia cambessedesii

Common Names:Majorcan peony

Native to: Balearic Islands of the Mediterranean

Description: Gorgeous bowl-shaped flowers 8-10 cm in diameter.

Colors: mid to pale pink with conspicuous yellow stamens

3. Molly the witch peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia mlokosewitschii

Common Names: Caucasian peony, Molly the witch peony

Native to: Caucasus Mountains in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Dagestan,

Description: Large, single flowers five inches (10–12 cm) across.

Colors: pure lemon-yellow with pale yellow stamens

4. Greek peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia parnassica

Common Names: Greek peony

Native to: Mountains of south-central Greece

Description: The blooms are large, up to 12 cm in diameter and bear a boss of rich orange stamens.

Colors: deep maroon, red

5. Japanese peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia japonica

Common Names: Japanese peony

Native to: The islands of northern Japan

Description: single bloom with a large boss of yellow-tipped stamens.

Colors: pure white

6. Paeonia broteri

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Scientific Name:Paeonia broteri

Common Names:Paeonia broteri

Native to: Grows only in Spain and Portugal

Description: The bowl shaped flowers are about about 12 cm in diameter.

Colors: Rose-pink

7. California peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia californica

Common Names:California peony or wild peony

Native to: Southwest California, United States

Description: drooping 2" flowers with 5-6 petals and numerous stamens.


8. Brown's peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia brownii

Common Names: Brown's peony, mountain peony, western peony

Native to: North America

Description: The bowl-shaped flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Colors: gold, green and maroon

9. Chinese peony

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Scientific Name: Paeonia lactiflora

Common Names: Chinese peony or common garden peony

Native to: Central and eastern Asia

Description: Flowers are fragrant cup-shaped and elegant. The blooms measure 8–16 cm (3–6 in) across having pale yellow stamens.

Colors: creamy white, pink, or crimson

10. Himalayan Peony

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Scientific Name:Paeonia emodi

Common Names: Himalayan peony

Native to: West Himalayas

Description: Flowers are very showy, coming in three types: single or semi-double, Japanese, with one row of petals and a large center, and highly ruffled double forms.

Colors: White, light pink to magenta and red.


  1. such elegant, unassuming flowers, peonies are! Love this gallery of peonies. :)

  2. Peonies are very pretty flowers, each has its own distinct color and kinds.

  3. I love the Greek Peony! It looks like a perfect subject for a poem. Very romantic.

  4. These flowers are lovely and am so amazed how you have research and collected these photographs :)

  5. Ohhh!The peonies look all beautiful Papaleng especially the last two photos.

  6. I love peonis bu zI only got the Himalayan one.

  7. These are really pretty. I like the greek one. Elegant and classic. Feels romantic and red but also has some mystery in it

  8. Oh, so these are what peonies look like. No wonder it's a favorite for those watercolor wreaths that are so popular right now. I don't know much about flowers, just roses and tulips and sunflowers haha, guess it shows since it's my first time seeing peonies in photos.

  9. oh so that's what those are called. It;s really nice especially that it has lots of available color. Not really sure if there's one available in our country.

  10. Though I'm not quite familiar with most of these types, peonies actually are my favorite flowers! Hydrangeas are lovely too.

  11. Wow, this flower is beautiful but I really do not know this. I like the Molly the Witch.

  12. Cute little flowers which come in so many different colors! The Brown's Peony is so different from the rest!

  13. These are gorgeous peonies... I have to admit that I am not very familiar with peonies... I love the Chinese peony

  14. It's nice to see many variants of the Peony. I have always only see the Himalayan Peony, hahaha!

  15. The flowers are very peonyfull (beautiful). They deserve to be considered as the flowers for riches and elegance. I have not remembered that I have seen anyone of theme here in own locality.

  16. They are indeed gorgeous. I will have to say my favourite is Chinese Peony, perhaps because I can really relate to the flower, after seeing it on tv for so long!

  17. The Chinese peonies are my favorite!! Indeed one of the most beautiful flowers ever! :D

  18. All look similar. Are they from the same family?

  19. I am not sure if I know these peonies. What is it in our vernacular. But I am sure my mom would love em.

  20. I think any color for a peony looks really beautiful. They can really give a place a fresher look.

  21. I only know about Chinese Peonies. I even thought Peonies are an exclusively Chinese flower, turns out they are found all over the world. The color of that Greek peony is exquisite.

  22. Love the Paeonia japonica white. Simple and tiring.

  23. I love them all !Especially the wild peony! But all of them are beautiful and I didn't know there are so many!

  24. The Caucasian peony is my favorite. This reminds me of my grandmother she loves flowers.