Paeonia japonica

Japanese Peony

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Unlike many of its more common and gaudy cousins, this demure woodland Japanese peony makes an 18" tall x 18" wide clump with grey-green foliage. In early spring it is topped with lovely, 3" wide white cups fading to a dark burgundy center with yellow stamens.

More About Paeonia japonica

  • native of Japan

After flowering, the pods split to reveal gorgeous metallic-blue seeds on red stalks. Paeonia japonica is great as a deer-resistant specimen in the woodland garden or scattered throughout the shady perennial border. This is often mistakenly sold as Paeonia obovata 'Alba'.


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14-18 in


2-3 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Paeonia japonica Characteristics


  • Specimen
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Dried Flower
  • Unique Foliage/Foliage Color
  • Fragrant
  • Cottage Garden
  • Mass Plant

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow
  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Tolerates most soils

Flower Color

  • White


  • Clumping
  • Mounding