Sarah Bernhardt’ is a robust peony with erect stems and mid-green leaves. Late in the season, produces very large, double, fragrant, rose-pink flowers. Peonies are herbaceous perennials arising from thickened tuberous roots. Largely invisible, hidden underground most of the year, they are quite spectacular when they emerge. In spring, purple divided leaves push through the soil, rapidly unfurling and turning green. The fine foliage is attractive in its own right, the flowers are very showy, coming in three types: single or semi-double, Japanese, with one row of petals and a large center, and highly ruffled double forms. The colors generally range from white, light pink to magenta and red.