Definition of peony in US English:

peony

noun

  • A herbaceous or shrubby plant of north temperate regions, which has long been cultivated for its showy flowers.

    Genus Paeonia, family Paeoniaceae

    • ‘He purchased and planted about 1,000 herbaceous peonies and planted them in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he leased land from his brother-in-law.’
    • ‘These are excellent to recycle as stakes for peas or for plants with heavy blooms such as double peonies.’
    • ‘Other favorite flowers are pussy willow, azalea, peony and water lily or narcissus.’
    • ‘Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of perennials, including campanulas, daylilies, hostas, peonies, sedums, and Shasta daisies.’
    • ‘Their favourite was the rose, followed by hellebores, peonies, clematis, magnolias, lilies, euphorbias, primulas, snowdrops, geraniums.’
    • ‘The herbaceous peonies include five general flower types: single, semi-double, Japanese, anemone and double flowering.’
    • ‘Put stakes and supports in place for tall, herbaceous plants, like peonies and delphiniums.’
    • ‘In summer, traditional perennials take over, and peonies, irises and hemerocallis fill the flowery brook.’
    • ‘Tree peonies, magnolias, pagoda dogwood and flowering crab trees accompany roses planted by color in an informal style.’
    • ‘In the perennial border, a shrublet is the plant that's always in bloom, providing a wonderful contrast with peonies in the spring, delphinium in midsummer, and phlox in late summer.’
    • ‘As with herbaceous peonies, tree peonies are long-lived and resent being transplanted, so you should choose their locations with care.’
    • ‘Common bulbs planted in the fall for the spring are tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, muscari, crocuses and perennials such as peonies, daylilies, hostas, and coral-bells.’
    • ‘Bamboo is considered to enjoy a high status among all plants, although the peony is the national flower.’
    • ‘Anemones, chrysanthemums, marigolds, pansies, peonies, and roses are best suited to microwave drying, but small, finely textured or delicate flowers are not.’
    • ‘Plants like peonies, poppies, and irises should also be planted in the fall season.’
    • ‘Begin to stake early-flowering herbaceous plants, such as peonies, that are inclined to flop over following rain and strong winds.’
    • ‘Other gardeners prefer to interplant them with spring flowers such as columbines, daisies, dianthus, Iceland poppies, lupines, and peonies.’
    • ‘And although feeding calves is now a thing of the past, she has made sure to keep her hand in in the garden with its deep beds of rhododendrons, camellias, peonies and other flowering shrubs.’
    • ‘It is dominated by hostas, peonies, campanula, and daylilies but holds a wealth of perennials and self-sowing annuals.’
    • ‘Planted along with traditional peonies, irises and chrysanthemums, are lupines, veronicas and Canterbury bells, a contemporary feature rarely seen in Japanese gardens.’

Origin

Old English peonie, via Latin from Greek paiōnia, from Paiōn, the name of the physician of the gods.

Pronunciation

peony

/ˈpēənē//ˈpiəni/