There are no edible uses listed for Paeonia veitchii.
There are no material uses listed for Paeonia veitchii.
The whole root is used in Chinese medicine, its name is Chi Shao Yoa
. The root is alterative, analgesic, anodyne, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine and tonic
. The most important ingredient medicinally in the root is paeoniflorin, which has been shown to have a strong antispasmodic effect on mammalian intestines, it also reduces blood pressure, reduces body temperature caused by fever and protects against stress ulcers
. It is taken internally in the treatment of menstrual disorders, injuries, high blood pressure, pre-menstrual tension and liver disorders
. It should only be used under the supervision of a qualified practitioner and should not be prescribed for pregnant women
. The roots are harvested in the autumn from cultivated plants that are 4 - 5 years old and are boiled before being dried for later use
. The roots of wild plants are harvested in the spring or (preferably) in the autumn and are sun-dried for later use
A tea made from the dried crushed petals of various peony species has been used as a cough remedy, and as a treatment for haemorrhoids and varicose veins
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame
. When sown fresh, the seed produces a root about 6 weeks after sowing with shoots formed in the spring
. Stored seed is much slower, it should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame but may take 18 months or more to germinate
. The roots are very sensitive to disturbance, so many growers allow the seedlings to remain in their pots for 2 growing seasons before potting them up. This allows a better root system to develop that is more resilient to disturbance
. If following this practice, make sure you sow the seed thinly, and give regular liquid feeds in the growing season to ensure the plants are well fed. We usually prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, and then grow them on in a cold frame for at least two growing seasons before planting them out when they are in growth in the spring[K].
Division with great care in spring or autumn. Each portion must have a leaf bud. If the lifted root is stood in shade for several hours it becomes less brittle and easier to divide
. Divisions that have several buds will usually flower in the second year, but those that only have one or two buds will take a number of years before they have grown sufficiently to flower
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An easily grown plant, it does best in a deep rich soil, preferably neutral or slightly alkaline
, doing quite well in sun or light shade
, and seeming to prefer part shade
. Plants are tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, but will not survive if the soil becomes waterlogged or is too dry
. This species is lime tolerant
. Plants grown on sandy soils tend to produce more leaves and less flowers, whilst those growing on clay take longer to become established but produce better blooms
Plants are hardy to about -25°c.
A very ornamental and long-lived plant, lasting 50 years or more in the garden.
This species is closely related to P. anomala, differing mainly in having several flowers to a stem.
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits.
A very greedy plant inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes.
Strongly resents root disturbance, taking some time to recover after being divided.
Peony species are usually self-fertile, though they will also hybridise with other species if these flower nearby at the same time.
Plants take 4 - 5 years to flower from seed
. They generally breed true from seed
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Polycultures & Guilds
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