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The fundamental forms of peonies and their variants.

Common Forms

Due to millennia of human selection, peonies today come in a broad range of colors, forms, and fragrances. Wild peonies also come in a variety of colors, but are generally simpler-looking and are considered to have a “single” floral form. The forms intergrade, but technically every flower has to be placed in a form.

Five or more outer guard petals with a center of stamens and carpels that have been more or less transformed into petals – creating the full body of the flower. Occasional stamens may be interspersed throughout the flower.
Similar to the wild form of the peony with five or more guard petals arranged around the carpels and pollen-bearing stamens of the flower. This is the fundamental peony flower form.

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