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Paeonia emodi (Himalayan peony)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.8m
Max height
0.8m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Paeonia emodi

Other names

Himalayan peony

Genus

Paeonia Paeonia

Species

P. emodi - P. emodi is an erect to arching, deciduous perennial with leaves divided into nine narrowly elliptic, sometimes lobed, dark green leaflets and, in late spring, cup-shaped, semi-pendent, white flowers with golden-yellow stamens.


Paeonia emodi is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect, Arching

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Eelworms (leaf and bud) , Swift moth larvae Eelworms (leaf and bud) , Swift moth larvae

Peony wilt Peony wilt

General care

Pruning

Cut back in autumn after leaves die back from frost.

Propagation

Resents root disturbance so divide carefully. Best to keep seedlings in their pots for two growing seasons before potting up.

Propagation methods

Seed, Division


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Where to grow

Paeonia emodi (Himalayan peony) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in deep, fertile, humus-rich, preferably neutral to alkaline, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions except waterlogged and dry. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Paeonia emodi

Other names

Himalayan peony

Genus

Paeonia Paeonia

Species

P. emodi - P. emodi is an erect to arching, deciduous perennial with leaves divided into nine narrowly elliptic, sometimes lobed, dark green leaflets and, in late spring, cup-shaped, semi-pendent, white flowers with golden-yellow stamens.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect, Arching


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Eelworms (leaf and bud) , Swift moth larvae

Specific diseases

Peony wilt

General care

Pruning

Cut back in autumn after leaves die back from frost.

Propagation

Resents root disturbance so divide carefully. Best to keep seedlings in their pots for two growing seasons before potting up.

Propagation methods

Seed, Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Paeonia emodi (Himalayan peony) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in deep, fertile, humus-rich, preferably neutral to alkaline, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions except waterlogged and dry. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Paeonia emodi (Himalayan peony)

Common pest name

Ash yellows

Scientific pest name

Candidatus Phytoplasma fraxini

Type

Phytoplasma

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Pathogen causing phytoplasma disease of certain tree species in the Americas. EU regulation already provides some mitigation against the risk of introduction; but could be further strengthened.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Paeonia emodi (Himalayan peony)

Common pest name

Stunt nematode; Tobacco stunt nematode

Scientific pest name

Tylenchorhynchus claytoni

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

1

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous nematode pest already present in UK; particularly damaging to Azaleas at present; but could move into crops such as maize and forestry crops (Pinus) in the longer term. Need to raise awareness amongst relevant sectors.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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