Peony or Paeonia
This herbaceous perennial is a shrubby plant that will grow to approximately 3 feet tall by mid-spring, bloom, display attractive foliage throughout the summer and then die to the ground after frost. Peonies come in many flower colors and provide fragrant, large blooms that are good for cut flowers and attracting butterflies. This plant requires full sun to part shade to grow best. It is believed that peonies produce small amounts of nectar and other ant attractants to encourage ants to help open the flower buds. Peonies can be found throughout the Zoo’s Gardens.