Are ants necessary for peonies to flower?

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Are ants necessary for peonies to flower?

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Ants aren’t necessary for peonies to flower.  The ants are attracted to the sugary nectar produced by the peony buds.  The nectar is a good food source for the ants.  Peony buds will open without the presence of ants.  

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