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what is this plant?

 Note  •  Published on: 30 Apr 2018

I have recently moved into a home that has plants unusual for our area (upper midwest, USA). This plant is near the house foundation. The feathery leaves are very soft, not stiff like a pine needle. Any ideas what it is? The snow is mostly gone here on 4/30/2018.  Uncertain how the center buds will develop. Each individual "ball" of leaves with center bud totals about 3" across.

 

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  • Philipp K. Philipp K. Pretty sure it is peonia (genus). Do not know species. Species has very special leaves. You'll see that flowers are beautiful!
    Tuesday May 1, 2018 at 08:37
  • Elizabeth K. Elizabeth K. Thank you. The buds do look similar to peonies. Unusual leaves. Fun to watch.
    Tuesday May 1, 2018 at 13:19
  • Robyn D. Robyn D. I believe it to be a¬†fern peony
    Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 01:48
  • J L B. J L B. It is fern peony.
    Thursday May 24, 2018 at 03:18
  • Elizabeth K. Elizabeth K. Yes, now that it has bloomed, I can see that it is a double bloom red fern leaf peony. Beautiful! Thanks to all who commented.
    Thursday May 24, 2018 at 03:21