SOLVED: Mystery perennial

A little background:

Last fall when we bought this farm, I saw this same plant growing in a terra cotta pot on the back porch.

Well, of course the winter came and the plant died back.

Now spring is here and the pear trees are in full bloom, and I found the exact same plant coming up under the pear trees (100 yards from the back porch). It looks like it was actually planted there, because it is of equal distance between the two trees.

Does anyone know the name of this guy?


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Greenfield, IN(Zone 5b)

Dave, I am new to gardening, but that sure looks like a Peony to me. I may be wrong so don't hold me to it! Julie

Palmyra, VA(Zone 7a)

looks like a peony

Wow, cool!! Trish will be excited if it really is a peony. She loves peonies!!!

Well, I'll watch and see what it does through the year.

Thanks for the info,

Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

Dave, it must be neat to walk around your place and find so many little treasures showing up. I bet everytime you walk around there your eyes are searching. Lisa

You bet Lisa. An example:

Earlier this week I found little pear seedlings coming up under my pear trees. I've dug them all up and potted them in 3" peat pots. All together I have about 40 seedlings now, all about 2-3" tall. Very cool! I'm going to put these out in the pasture and make one massive pear orchard. I don't know how they'll do (not being grafted ontu a better rootstock, but just call me Davie Pearseed. :) )

I've got all kinds of bulbs coming up - Daffodils, tulips, and mysterious stuff that I don't yet know what they are.

I'm finding new kinds of shrubs all the time - usually covered completely with honeysuckle. I've got something that looks like an Althea or Hibiscus that should thrive this year now that I've uncovered him. :)

And who knows what else I'll find? The spring has only really just begun in full force here!

I'm sure to get a lot of use out of this forum.


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I second that Patty, i have two of them just like it, most definately a peony, and looking at the new shoots a big one too.


Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom

I third that!!

Boy is Trish gonna be happy!!! When it blooms I'll post another picture and maybe someone will know the cultivar's name.


Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

Definitely a Peony!! Mine are up about that much too. It looks like it's been there a while.

Bay City, MI(Zone 6a)

yep I agree peony!

Joshua Tree, CA(Zone 8b)

One of my favorite aspects of gardening is the things you discover , you did not plan. What a nice surprise.

Jacksonville, TX(Zone 8b)

This farm is a constant surprise! Everytime we turn around, something new is popping up. About a month ago, we put all further clearing of the land on hold, just to see what else we might discover. The problem is that things are in the _strangest_ places. The peonies are just stuck under a huge pine tree. I've got one hyathia up against the house. One tulip against the front walk (where I've added a curving extentiuon of the flower garden, but there was nothing there before) And we've found 2 things that we aren't sure what they are yet, just growing in the middle of the field! It has gotten to the point that I'm terrified to mow! This fall, and next spring, I'll be doing a lot of rearranging! New houses and land are always fun, but I am constantly saying "WHAT were they thinking?!?!"


Trish, Peonies do better when they are under a tree, with dappled or light shade, i have two big clumps, the one under the pear tree blooms better and longer than the one in the sun, so maybe the people who planted it new that too.


Adelaide, Australia(Zone 10a)

Hoy Dave, This thread looks solvd to me. LOL!

IGNORE THIS - I forgot that it was marked solved at the top of the thread. Sorry, Jacq.

This message was edited Apr 13, 2007 9:18 AM

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Kaelkitty, SOLVED and very old.. check out the date!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Hey Dave, you never did post a picture of that peony in bloom, at least not on THIS thread! How about it?

Wills Point, TX(Zone 8a)

Davie Pearseed- you may be very sorry for planting that orchard! If these seedlings turn out to be Pyrus calleryana, which many pears are grafted on to, including the ornamental pears (Bradford), then they will develope nasty thorns and only get fruit the size of small marbles. They will also become very invasive, which they already are throughout all of east Texas due to the over planting of the Bradford Pear.

Oshkosh, WI

Definately peony!

Hamburg, PA

Trisha good idea. Anytime we have a new home (there have been many thru the years), we wait a full year to see what we already have been handed. For example on time we moved into a home and were surprised at a glorious prossession of daffodils and a riot of tulips! So wating might bring you little peeks of color and joy!

San Francisco, CA

13 year old thread, back from the dead....


Hamburg, PA

That's what happens when new ppl come on the forums! Lol like me?

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