Paeonia obovata is a perennial herb of
30-50cm-in-height inhabiting deciduous forest beds in mountainous
regions. The leaves, 2 -3, are of alternate phyllotaxis and are
biternate leaf compounds. Their bottom sides are pubescent or not;
the terminal leaflets are obovate, measuring 7-15cm in length, the
margins entire. Branch tips bear single 4-5cm-in-diameter light
red-purple to dark red-purple flowers that bloom facing upwards.
Pistils, 4-5 in number, and stamens many; the stigmas significantly
bending. Fruits are follicles and ripen red in the autumn. Seeds are
round; viable ones are black or Prussian blue, and unviable ones are
red. Bloom time: April-June.