10 Flowers That Look Like Peonies

Peonies are easily some of the best-blooming flowers your eyes can see. The petals are colorful and fold over each other in a way that most other flowers don’t.

If you want to replace Peonies or add some extra taste to your garden, we have some flowers that are up to the task. Of course, they may not look identical, especially from closer distances. But they’re sure to spice up your garden and resemble Peonies from a distance.

In today’s article, we’ll show you 10 flowers that look like Peonies with which you can decorate your garden.

1.   Double Tulips

Red double Tulips

If you’re familiar with Tulips, you’d be surprised how different Double Tulips look from the original regular Tulips.

Structure-wise, Tulips are exactly like Double Tulips. The only difference is that the flowers are blessed with extra petals thanks to breeding. The extra petals give them a fluffy appearance that resembles Peonies.

Double Tulips could be white, orange, red, purple, or pink like typical Tulips. Double Tulips also bloom at the same time as regular Tulips, from February to March.

Keep in mind that not all Double Tulips look like Peonies. If you want that puffy appearance full of petals, you should get Montreux, Miranda, Orange Princess, or Abba Tulips.

2.   Double Daffodils

Double Daffodils are double-petaled flowering plants that greatly resemble Peonies. They have double petal stuffing and the color variation of red, pink, orange, yellow, and white.

Double Daffodils often have one flower per stem; sometimes, you may see two or more. The beauty of Double Daffodils shows best under flowering trees or in shrubs, so keep that in mind as you plant them in your garden.

They’re also easy to grow in medium or well-drained soils. They prefer the full sun treatment but can also grow in partial shade. It’s best to plant them during fall to bloom around late spring.

Double Daffodils are different from ordinary Daffodils. Normal Daffolds should be cut before they’re fully open. This is because their life cycle ends before the flower fully opens. The more you keep the dying flower around, the more nutrients it takes from the plant.

On the other hand, Double Daffodil flowers have a slightly longer life cycle because of all the extra petals. So, you shouldn’t cut the flowers of Double Daffodils as early as you’d cut the normal ones.

3.   Lisianthus

Lisianthuses are unique flowers. During their blooming stage, they can resemble both Roses and Peonies. They’re perennial flowers, but most people grow them as annual flowers.

They come with the same bright collection of colors as Peonies which are red, white, pink, purple, and yellow. These colors are mixed with beautiful green foliage to add to the scene.

Lisianthuses are pretty straightforward to grow, but they’re a little annoying when it comes to watering. Typically, you’ll need the full sun treatment paired with well-drained soil for best results.

As for watering, you need to keep your Lisianthus in moist soil that never dries but never overwater it. This is tricky, as it’s easy to overwater your plant and risk drowning it or causing root rot or fungal infections.

Read more: 19 Captivating Flowers That Grow in Dark (Night-Blooming Flowers)

4.   Hortensia

Hortensia is another flowering plant that looks like Peonies. The Hortensia genus has over 75 different types of flowering plants!

Not all of them resemble peonies, but most are reasonably close, especially in their puffy appearance. Still, they’re pretty easy to distinguish because Peonies are more upright and look like cups of petals.

On the other hand, Hortensias look like large sponges of colorful petals. They bloom between early spring and autumn and, when planted, form large globes of tiny flowers that can cover large areas.

Fun Fact: Hortensia plants are climber types. If you plant an abundance of them near a tree, they may climb up to 90 feet! Therefore, you will need good pruning to prevent your Hortensias from growing too long.

5.   Ranunculus (Perian Buttercup)

Buttercups are easily one of the most beautiful-looking flowers on our list (and among all other flowers.)

Buttercups and Peonies are both herbaceous perennials. Additionally, they both die off when the growing season ends.

The color diversity and ease of care for Buttercups made them incredibly popular indoor and outdoor plants. The color spectrum includes white, pink, purple, yellow, orange, peach, and sometimes red.

To grow Buttercups, you’ll need a mixture between full sun and partial shade. You also need well-draining soil.

The soil itself doesn’t need to be extra rich as the plant isn’t very picky. However, mineral-rich soil will help the Buttercups thrive.

6.   Camellia Japonica

pink camellia japonica flower

Camellia Japonica is a slow-growing shrub that can reach a remarkable height of 25 feet! There are around 250 species of Camellia, and Japonica is the most abundant one.

Camellia Japonica flowers could be either white, soft pink, or dark red.

From a distance, it might be a little challenging to differentiate between Peonies and Camellia Japnicas. That isn’t only because of the color; the overlapping petals of Camellia Japnicas make them very close in appearance to Peonies.

Unlike Peonies, however, Camellia Japonicas don’t have the Peonies’ iconic fresh aroma that fills the place. Also, if you look close enough, you’ll notice how a few large petals encode the Japonica’s petals, something you can’t see in Peonies.

7.   Dahlia

Dahlia is a spectrum of 42 species native to Mexico and Central America. The hybrid forms are the ones suitable for garden use and the ones you should go for if you want a good substitute for Peonies.

Dahlias are tuberous perennials with a range of colors similar to Peonies. For example, they could be red, orange, peach, yellow, pink, and sometimes white.

Unlike Camellia Japonicas, Dahlias average a humble average height of four feet. Still, that doesn’t stop them from growing up to eight feet sometimes.

Fun Fact: Dahlia was named after the Swedish Botanist Andres Dahl. In Swedish, the word ‘Dal’ means ‘valley.’ Additionally, people in Sweden refer to the valley flower as ‘Dahlia.’

Reader Also Checked: 8 Flowers That Look Like Birds

8.   Marigold

Have you ever thought that a Sunflower could resemble a Peony? When most people imagine a sunflower, they think of the yellow-petalled flower that follows the sun.

We’re not saying it’s wrong, but did you know Sunflowers have over 70 different variants? One of those variants is the Marigold.

Marigolds are members of the Sunflower family with a strong, musky smell. They look more like Peonies than the sunflower image most of us have in mind.

From their name, Marigolds’ color spectrum range around the color of gold. So they could be yellow, orange, gold, and rarely, red. The petals themselves are small, stuffy, and overlap each other similarly to Peonies.

Fun Fact: Marigolds are a cultural symbol of Nepal. If you ever go there, you’ll notice the garlands made from Marigolds hanging in their households.

9.   Carnation

A carnation is a flowering plant of a questionable origin. Some botanists currently believe that it’s native to the Mediterranean zone. The reason behind the uncertainty is because of how many countries have cultivated it in the past thousand years.

It’s not surprising that so many people are planting Carnations. They’re some of those bouquet-worthy flowers, and they look like a mix between Peonies and Roses.

It’s challenging to list the colors of Carnations. The color could be solid, like red or white, or a mix of two.

In case of having two colors, the flower would have a plain color and then accentuate that color near the ends of the petals. Thanks to selective breeding, you can find Carnations of almost every color.

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can change the color of your Carnations? Simply submerge them in a mixture of water and food coloring and leave them for 24 hours. They’ll absorb the color, and you’ll end up with a different-looking flower!

10. Julia Child Rose

Julia Child Rose

Julia Child Rose, also known as the ‘Absolutely Fabulous Rose’ in the U.K, is a beautiful petal-stuffed rose with yellow and white petals.

Previously, this flower had the name ‘golden floribunda rose.’ But then, in 2004, Julia Child fell in love with it and asked for the flower to be named after her.

Julia Child was an American cooking teacher whose primary purpose was to introduce French Cuisine to America. As a token of gratitude, The Julia Child Rose was named after her, and the breeding process began in 2004.

Julia Child Rose is a flower of variable sizes and color tones. We’ve mentioned earlier that white and yellow are the most dominant. However, most of the time, you’ll find both colors in the same flower.

You’ve Reached the End

We hope that our 10 flowers that look like Peonies have attracted your interest. You can use one or more of these flowers to add extra depth to your garden while keeping the Peony theme.

Just make sure to adjust to the planting requirements of each flower. That’s especially important if you want to plant them close to each other. You don’t want to water one flower enough while drowning the other.