Paeonia mascula   Balkan Peony

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According to some texts this plant flowers only for one week in which case we were very lucky to find a bedraggled patch of these Peonies in the wet of the Gargano. It is also known as the Male Peony (species name = mascula) and is found in Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey and farther afield in China and Morocco

Field near Bosco Quarto Forest, 24th April 2009

Added on February 7th 2011

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