Photographs of Peony flowers are usually presented full face on with a side view present only ifmultiple, suitably arranged flowers are available to the photographer.However, some Peonies have very interesting back-sides to the flower petal and it is by no means true that the back is the same colour as the front.Click on the buttons to the right to see some images that show some very attractive cases. When the image appears, hover over it to see details.
Saygio SakuraA Japanese Tree peony hybrid. The flares at the base of the inside face of the petal is reproduced on the outside but in inversecolour intensity.
Gaugin.This Tree Peony is a famous hybrid produced by the Greek-American hybridiser, Nassos Daphnis.The back of the flower displays the colurs seen at the front, but often in a more differentiated manner.
He Hua DengA Gansu Mudan hybrid woody (or tree) peony. Raised by Chen Dezhong at Peace Peony Nursery, Ganwsu,China in 1993
Dionysos.Another of Nassos Daphnis hybrids, the backs of the petals differ quite markedly from the front in that the dark flares are not present, but the differences in colour between the veins and surrounding tissue are more marked on the back than the front.
Xiong MaoThis example of a classically white Gansu Mudan was bred by Chen Dezhong in 1994. Unlike most white Gansu Mudan, the flare is reproduced on the back of the petal and has a lighter white band down the middle.
Mai FleuriOne of the earliest hybrid herbaceous peonies to be produced, Mai Fleuri dates from 1905 and has a beautiful mix of pale orange and yellow in its flower.