Flower Form

THERE IS GREAT VARIABILITY IN PEONY FLOWER FORMS. We have assigned each variety one of the following flower form categories. Certain varieties have characteristics placing them on the borderline between categories. There is also enough variability within certain varieties that individual flowers fit in a different flower form category than other flowers of the same variety.

Early Scout Flower

Single Early Scout


They have 2 or more rows of petals with yellow stamens. Some varieties have pistils and stigmas in complementary colors that markedly enhance the overall display. Although not as full as semi-double or double varieties, they are beautiful cut flowers.

Semi-Double Cytherea

Semi-Double Cytherea


They have large, full, very showy flowers with multiple rows of petals. They have yellow stamens and some varieties have pistils and stigmas in complementary colors.

DOUBLE (True Double)  Vivid Rose

DOUBLE (True Double)
Vivid Rose


Double types and bomb types are actually separate categories, but we have grouped them together for simplicity in the DOUBLE category because they both have large, very full flowers. Bomb types have a dense explosion of irregular petals in the center of the flower surrounded by outer rows of guard petals. Double types open in a more regular fashion with numerous rows of petals.

JAPANESE  Exclusive variety  Esther Heinzman

Exclusive variety
Esther Heinzman


They have 2 or more rows of petals like single peonies, but have more full flowers than single varieties. They have no pollen. Instead of fertile stamens the male parts of the flower are staminodes, which are sterile and usually are enlarged into showy petal-like structures. Occasionally, a few petals are mixed in. The staminodes of some Japanese varieties have exotic and complementary blends of yellow with the ground color of the petals.