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Coral Peonies, magical colour change

Posted by Cornelia Terblans on

Coral peonies are cherished for their exquisite beauty, captivating fragrance, and the mesmerizing phenomenon of colour change. 

Coral peonies are a distinct variety of peonies that stand out for their warm and vibrant coral-coloured blossoms. Their distinctive hue makes them an attractive choice for floral arrangements. What truly sets them apart, however, is their incredible ability to change colour as they age.

The journey of a coral peony begins with tightly closed buds that showcase a rich coral colour. This initial burst of colour grabs your attention, but what follows is an awe-inspiring transformation. As these peonies bloom and mature, their colour undergoes a gradual and breathtaking shift. The vibrant coral softens, and the petals gracefully transition into delicate shades of pink or ivory.

The enchanting colour change in coral peonies is driven by the presence of pigments known as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are responsible for the red, purple, and blue colours found in various flowers and fruits. In coral peonies, the high concentration of anthocyanins in closed buds produces the striking coral colour. However, as the peony blossoms and the petals mature, these anthocyanin pigments gradually degrade. This degradation is what causes the coral colour to fade, revealing the subtle pink or ivory hues beneath.

  1. Water Change: Change the water every couple of days and trim the stems again to promote water uptake.

  2. Cool Environment: Keep the vase in a cool room away from direct sunlight to slow down the colour transformation and extend the vase life.

Coral peonies are nature's artistry at its best, bringing a touch of magic to any setting.

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