Paeonia peregrina Fr: Pivoine de montagne
This very rare variety can be distinguished from the more widespread P. officinalis by its cupped flowers . The species is heavily protected by law in its isolated sites in Southern France - so NO digging or picking!
Flower. Similar to P. officinalis except the petals are deeply cup shaped.
Leaves. Has 17-30 narrow leaflets, sometimes partly divided, with tiny bristles along the main veins above, hairy beneath.
Habitat. Bushy areas and grassy scrub; very rare in France.