|Leaves are dark green, each with 9 lance-shaped, rough margined leaflets. Japanese white flowers at top of red mottled stems are single, bowl-shaped, fragrant. Support with wire frame or wooden stakes to keep weighty flowers from toppling plant. It is very important for plants to be grown in deep, humus-rich soil that is moist, but well drained. Prefers sun in cooler climates and part shade in warmer climates with protection from wind. Peonies are long-lived and resent relocation, so pick your spot and prepare your hole well!