Peonies, flowers of the genus Paeonia, grow two to four feet tall. Available in nearly every color except blue, peonies come in two main species: an herbaceous cultivar which dies each autumn and a tree peony that forms small shrubs that lose their leaves in autumn. Most peonies that appear in gardens are herbaceous species. In fact, the most common species of peony in North America is Paeonia lactiflora.

Peonies can grow in many climates. They can withstand great heat and frosty climates alike. Peonies do prefer full sunlight and fertile, well-drained soil. These beauties grow up to be five feet tall but most commonly stay around three to four feet. When choosing a location in a yard or garden, care should be taken to select a space where the plant will be left to thrive for years to come, as Peonies do not like to be disturbed or divided.

In a floral arrangement, peonies excel. Their fragrant blooms can shape up any lifeless room and their multi-colored varieties can lend themselves to many floral themes. It is also important to note that cut Peonies have a long vase life.

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