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California Peony

Paeonia californica


This gorgeous plant is a "summer-deciduous broad-leafed perennial herb or sub-shrub less than 0.5 m high by 1 m wide. Its foliage is highly lobed, roughly 10 cm. in length. The top of the leaves are dark green, with paler undersides. It flowers in from January to March, bearing elliptic (cup-shaped) drooping flowers. Petals are dark maroon in color." - Wikipedia


In riparian area of Oak forest. It "is one of two species of Peony native to North America. It is endemic to southwest California, United States, where it grows on dry hillsides in the coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities of the coastal mountains of Southern and Central California, often as an understory plant." - Wikipedia

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San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 22, 2012
Submitted on Mar 22, 2012

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