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    khurtekant posted in the group Species Peonies International Network (SPIN)

    1 month, 2 weeks ago · updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Close to flowering: Paeonia kesrouanensis.

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    • I got 2 in the fall – they are not yet ready to flower and are only just sprouting now – a young kesrouanensis Kemer syn. turcica is also there – it is also only showing tender shoots in the wind-protected cold frame.

      • I don’t think kesrouanensis and turcica are the same. P. turcica will show reddish or rather dark foliage upon emerging, whereas P. kesrouanensis is green from the onset. P. kesrouanensis is also a rather pale pink flower colour, whereas P. turcica is most often reddish, the few pink exceptions notwithstanding of course. P. kesrouanensis flowers earlier than P. turcica. And P. kesrouanensis flowers before the stems are fully developed. At least that’s what I noticed from images, stories and the experience with my own plants (consisting here of a mature P. kesrouanenis and only a small seedling of P. turcica, so there’s scope for more precise descriptions in the future). I think both are beautiful, but the images of P. turcica show plants that bloom on fully developed stems, which I find more attractive, so I hope to have a mature flowering one in the near future :-) Herewith P. kesrouanensis today, some flowers have opened for the first time, pretty and nicely fragrant, but it always looks somewhat odd to see them flower some 15-20 cm above ground with closed foliage when the stems will eventually reach 60 cm.

      • Showing the plant from the side, you can see how small it is when it flowers here. Images I’ve seen from Syria also show it flowering before full development, but at least in a more advanced state. I believe the much higher altitude and thus lower ambient temperatures prevailing there are the cause of that.

        • Thank you for your experiences with a scientific character – it’s fun to read. I am also looking forward a little more to my little P. turcica , which I still have to create a well-drained planting place in partial shade – whether it wants slightly acidic soil because it is a forest dweller (as some pictures of the natural habitat show) . But first I have to get it half-grown before I can plant it out . Thanks for the information and contributions from you .

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