Fern Leaf Peony (Paeonia tenufolia)

Fancy Flowers and Unique Foliage!

  • Hardiness Zone:  4 to 8
  • Height:  24 inches
  • Spread:  20 inches
  • Exposure:  Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Color:  Eye-catching red cup-shaped blooms with yellow centers

Why We Love It:
This showstopper is a shrubby perennial that offers a feathery foliage and bold lightly-scented blooms; it is also one of the earliest peonies to flower in the spring!

Know Before You Plant:

Fern Leaf Peony will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity and will spread to approximately 24 inches with a more or less rounded form.  The blooms will “WOW” you with crimson red cup-shaped flowers with yellow centers from late spring to early summer.  The flower stalks CAN be weak and may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soil.  The flowers are EXCELLENT for cutting and the foliage will remain green throughout the season.  It is a relatively low-maintenance plant, and should be cut back in the late fall.  Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in search of tastier treats.

Where It Thrives:

Best grown in rich, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.  We find it pairs well with summer-and-fall blooming perennials that offer a punch of color after the peonies have finished blooming.

An Exciting Cultivar:

Try the Double Red Fern Leaf Peony if you want to “double” the red and “double” the “WOW”!  These beauties have the same requirements as the Fern Leaf Peony, and grow a bit taller and wider.