This beautiful species peony is worth growing only for its finely divided foliage, reddish in the early spring and then light green. But, of course the fiery red, scented flowers are a great addition!. It is one of the first species peony to flower in the spring and will go dormant later in the season.
The common name in its native lands: ‘steppe peony’, allude to the growing conditions in those regions with cold winters but dry, hot summers.
Germination: sown in the fall; unlike other peonies, P. tenuifolia will fully germinate in the first year (after a cold/moist period).