The herbaceous peony has been cultivated in home gardens for over 600 years. Considering the beauty of the flower and the longevity of the plants, it's no wonder why they have long been a perennial favorite. Peony clumps may survive as long as 50 years, so it is advisable to prepare the site very thoroughly before planting. Once they have become established in the garden, they are reasonably free from maintenance and problems. This southern European species has been cultivated since antiquity; however, the wild type single reds are rarely encountered in gardens. Banatica is one of the larger subspecies, reaching 12 inches high with bowl-shaped red flowers up to 5 inches across.
Hardy in zones 5-9.
Proper name: Paeonia officinalis banatica.