The peony is outrageously beautiful in bloom from spring to summer with lush foliage all summer long. Peonies are perennials that come back every year. The plants may live longer than people do, some have been known to thrive for 100 years.
The peony or paeony is a flowering plant in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America. Scientists differ on the number of species that can be distinguished, ranging from 25 to 40, although the current consensus is 33 known species. Peony plants require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves.