The peony belongs to the genus Paeonia of the family Paeoniaceae. The plant is originally from Asia and Europe.
Peony plants are recognizable by their big fluffy and fragrant flowers and are available in a wide range of colours, forms and size. Some have double sets of flowers, or a single row of petals; some are pink, red, yellow, coral or white. Peonies fragrance range from sweet and rosy to citrusy and spicy.
Peonies are separated in two different groups: herbaceous and tree peonies. The first is the most commonly grown in gardens. Tree peonies are woody, deciduous shrub peonies.