Petals and Sepals You probably choose peony cultivars for the color and presentation of the petals of the flower. 12 Facts Every Peony Enthusiast Needs to Know. Note, however, that they do not respond well to transplanting, so you should plan your planting site accordingly. Plant peonies in the fall: in late September and October in most of the U.S., and even later in the fall in Zones 7 and 8. Peony buds secrete a sweet nectar that attracts ants. When to Plant Peonies. If cutting flowers to take indoors, gently rinse the blossoms in a bucket of water to get rid of the ants. Peony flower parts include the decorative petals, stamens and carpels. By Micaela English. The ants do not hurt the plant and they aren’t required for the blooms to open. Peony Flower Anatomy Don Hollingsworth, APS Director — Maryville, Missouri Synopsis of Parts I and II The APS Bulletins March 2009 — page 349-17 and June 2009 — page 350-17 The heritable differences of form commonly seen in modern peony cultivars have resulted from mutations noticed over the centuries by interested observers and preserved in cultivation. Because nothing makes someone smile quite like a fresh bouquet of pink peonies.
Peony plants require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves.