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Paeonia officinalis L. var. L. var. Sabini

See Paeonia officinalis L. for a description of the species.  Sabini has single, very dark purple flowers.  [PD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The Paeonia officinalis is a plant which has been long universally known.  It was cultivated before the time of Pliny, and has had various medical virtues ascribed to it, which seem to have been all superseded.  The single variety was not known in this country in modern times till discovered by Mr. Sabine, in an old garden in Hertfordshire. […] It is a native of hilly woods in the South of Europe, and some parts of Asia.  It flowers profusely in June, and is a great ornament to the gardens.’  [LBC no.1075/1825].  The flower shown here is bright red rather than purple.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.397/1850].


Published Jan 29, 2010 - 12:57 PM | Last updated Jan 29, 2010 - 01:05 PM

Figured are deeply divided leaves and bright red single flower with prominent stamens. Loddiges Botanical Cabinet no.1075, 1825.

Paeonia officinalis L. var. Sabini | LBC no.1075/1825 | RBGS

Family Paeoniaceae
Region of origin

Southern Europe, but possibly of garden origin

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Paeonia Sabiniana 

Confidence level high