Is this a peony?

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

I posted this on plant ID, but there may be someone more knowledgeable here.

My new yard is interesting because I inherited it, and you never quite know what's there.

I was digging in a shade bed to put in some hardy geraniums and I found this. There appeared to be no plant there at all.

Is this a peony? I've had some that never showed up, and maybe this one was simply in shade that was too deep. And it was pretty far down. Whatever it is, it's budding.


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Grosse Pointe Shores, MI(Zone 6a)

Oooh, Donna what a lucky find! I'm not expert, but I had a couple peonies that looked very similar to that.

If it were mine, I'd put it in a container at peony depth and see what comes up next spring.

This past spring I was raking for spring clean up, and I found a bundle of much smaller roots that looked like they weren't completely dead (only mostly dead, lol), but I didn't recognize it. I put it in a pot and kept it watered, and it turned out to be an asclepia that I had planted the year before than somehow got heaved up from the soil. It grew quite a bit this summer although it didn't bloom. I'm not sure what to do with it now.

Mystery plants...gotta love em!

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

Thank you Koshi.

I took your advice. I had left it in a damp towel so I ran out, grabbed a post, filled it with a mix of compost and soil and watered it.

I think that it has been there for many, many yaers. I am eager to see what it looks like in bloom.


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