July 27, 2011
Among my favorite early summer blooms is the peony. I took this shot in my flower bed on June 28, 2011. Gorgeous scent.
Rebel XSI, Lens Canon 18mm – 55mm
South of Sherwood Park Alberta, Canada
Peony or paeony is a name for plants in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, southern Europe and western North America. Boundaries between species are not clear and estimates of the number of species range from 25 1 to 40.2
Most are herbaceous perennial plants 0.5–1.5 metres tall, but some resemble trees up to 1.5–3 metres tall. They have compound, deeply lobed leaves, and large, often fragrant flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer.