Piled high on the broad, ruffled, pink-red guard petals is a dense mound of broad, white petaloids that are heavily and unevenly stained with magenta. A ruffle of red petals emerges from the centre of the sweetly scented flower.
Peonies will grow in most soils as long as they are not wet, including clay soils. They require a sunny or partially shaded site. Herbaceous peonies need to be planted with the eye (the dormant pink buds) no more than 2.5cm below the surface of the soil. Do not mix manure in the soil before planting as this may rot the eyes.