The woodland peony is an elvish woodland plant that has quite different attractions than the familiar garden peonies: the foliage consisting of rounded ovate leaflets are arranged in graceful whorls and above them the cup-shaped flowers are flaming either in white or rosy pink, depending of provenance.
The Finnish name of this peony refers to the Kola peninsula where it grows as a rarity. The first documented collection expeditions to the peninsula were made at the end of the 1800s by A.O. Kihlman (Kairamo) and J. Montell, who also brought seeds to Finland. The anomala peony was then divided from one garden to another, and plants were also reproduced at some nurseries. As a result, the anomala peony grows as a rarity in old gardens throughout the country. At the end of the 1900s, interest towards this spectacular and hardy natural perennial was reawakened in Finland.