Herbaceous peonies are a special subset of herbaceous peony that is actually a hybrid, or cross, between two different herbaceous peonies peregrina & lactiflora. This cross has produced unique colors not often found in traditional peonies. The unique characteristics of these hybrids are that they have just one flower on a rather sturdy stem. This makes them excellent cut flowers and amazing garden plants as they remain upright in the garden without staking. The color of coral peonies changes dramatically as they open - as you can see in the above picture of Coral Charm. The flowers begin a deep coral bud and then fade to cream as they open. This results in plants that have incredibly interesting colorways. We especially like corals when they are planted en masse. Coral peonies have the added benefit of being the first herbaceous peonies to bloom. This early flowering time makes them not only ideal for cool climates, zones 3-6, but for zones 7&8 in the south as well.