I guess we must settle this point. The said photo is of Dracunculus|
vulgaris. Am. paeoniifolius would not survive subzero (in Celsius that
is) and looks quite different. For one thing, Dracunculus has a "stem"
with leaves while flowering. Am. paeoniifolius flowers leafless, and
there is much more. >>
Not to argue with the authorities here but I disagree that A.
paeonifolius will not survive in subzero temperatures in the ground with
protection. Again, I want to reiterate that I did not say that the photo in
question WAS A. paeonifolius but only that it looked SOMEWHAT like one. The
plant that I had in Ohio in zone 6 was not a Dracunculus. I only recently
obtained a tuber of Dracunculus and the leaves and plant in general look
nothing like my A. paeonifolius. There is no question as to the identity of
the A. paeonifolius that I have had for more years than I care to recount.
My mother also had one planted on the east side of her house in Columbus,
Ohio, again zone 6. Unfortunately, she has passed away or I would have had
her take a picture of it and post it to the list! Over a period of years, I
had given quite a few tubers away and they all seemed to thrive there as
well. I am still growing offsets from the original tuber and if they weren't
dormant, I would post pictures of those to the list also!