Mu Dan Pi (Paeonia suffruticosa) is a peony in our Traditional Chinese Herb Garden. Every year, usually a little later than now, it puts on an eye-popping show that can knock your socks clear off! Tiare White, a student at Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine took this picture just the other day and we are happy to share it with everyone!
Now mind you, I've a love/hate relationship with this plant. I love the blooms - it is really a show stopper, but when it was planted here, with all my horticultural knowledge, I said, "It won't grow here." And it grew. I then retreated to the next line of defense, "It won't flower here." Now in its third or fourth year of flowering I have a bit of a resentment at the plant that made me a liar. But this is the state of horticulture - no one can know everything and no one can be right all the time and even if one WAS that smart, some plant would come along and make a liar out of you anyway.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), according to another student's notes (thank you, Jessica!), Mu Dan Pi is: