September 4, 2008

Peony Pods

It's seed collecting time, and these pods are fascinating.  The one on the left is Paeonia anomala, and fairly typical of Peony seed pods.  That on the right is P. mlokosewiczii, the yellow Peony, and the seeds are nestled in what looks like pleated red silk.  I'd love to know what evolutionary advantage there is to such colorful extravagance.  The seeds are about the size of peas or large corn kernels.  As both plants were in flower in the same bed at the same time, it will be interesting to see if there was any cross pollination---in about 6 years' time!