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By Larry Rettig on February 23, 2012

Peonies are particularly popular pass-alongs, not only because they’re beautiful in bloom, but also because they’re extremely tough and long-lived. Of particular note among these peonies is an early red one called the Double Fern Leaf Peony (Paeonia tenuifolia 'Rubra Flora Plena'). Its leaves are unique to the peony world, as its name implies. So how did so many of these peonies find their way to seven villages in Iowa?

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Feb 29, 2012 7:27 PM CST
I so enjoyed your article. As a young man in east Texas, my grandfather grew and sold peaches, watermelons, and sweet potatoes at the farmers market. His sweet potatoes became so popular in the late 1800's that word spread and people from all over started writing him for starts. He actually started filling orders and did so for a number of years. Your article drummed up those old memories so thanks!
Mar 2, 2012 8:46 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Glad you enjoyed the article, Randy. And thanks so much for sharing a memory!
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