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Paeonia suffruticosa Andr. var. speciosa

See Paeonia suffruticosa Andr. for a description of the species.  According to Johnson’s Dictionary it has pink flowers but I have no more detailed description.  

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced from China in 1825.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Desideratum to Loddiges’ Nursery, 6th January 1845.  [MP A2933-2, p.28].  Macarthur records receiving four ‘Moutans, said to be various’, among a number of plants received from Captain Simpson in late 1849 or early 1850, apparently on the same ship as those accompanying Captain P. P. King.  The source is unclear.  [ML A1980-3].  This plant may be amongst these.


Published Jan 29, 2010 - 03:10 PM | Last updated Jan 29, 2010 - 03:14 PM

Family Paeoniaceae
Region of origin

China, probably garden origin

Common Name

Tree paeony, Moutan

Name in the Camden Park Record

Paeonia moutan speciosa

Confidence level medium