This intersectional peony is a hybrid of the herbaceous peony and tree peony. The tree peony has woody above ground stems that remain throughout the year, much like a small shrub. The leaves, however, are deciduous and fall each autumn. Herbaceous peonies die back to the ground each autumn.
I am fascinated by the peony's petals in this shot which seem to resemble crinkled paper.
Photo captured at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri on May 4, 2014.
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