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A picture of a Himalayan Peony

Himalayan Peony

Paeonia emodi

Also known as

Mount Emodus Peony, Peony

Paeonia emodi1UME by Epibase (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Himalayan Peony

A white flower on a Paeonia emodi plant
A close up of a white Paeonia emodi flower
A green Paeonia emodi plant in flower
A photo of Himalayan Peony

Himalayan Peony Overview

Paeonia emodi is a herbaceous perennial in the Paeoniaceae family. Originating from Central Asia, this plant typically grows to around 1.2m tall and it is commonly known by the name Himalayan Peony. It produces divided, shiny green leaves and scented white blooms with golden-yellow centres. The flowers are borne on tall stems, they measure between 8-12cm across and there may be up to 4 flowers per stem.

Common problems with Himalayan Peony

How to propagate Himalayan Peony



Divide autumn or early in spring.


Propagate by seed in autumn (may take up to 3 years to germinate), tuberous species by root cuttings in winter, tree peonies by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.



Grafting in winter.

Special features of Himalayan Peony

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Himalayan Peony

Grown for their bold foliage, showy blooms and in some species colourful seed pods. Flower arranging. As Alice Morse Earle the American author and historian (1851-1911) memorably wrote: "The Peony always looks like a well-dressed, well-shod, well-gloved girl of birth, breeding, and of equal good taste and good health; a girl who can swim and hike and play golf ..."


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