Peonies are flowering plants with large blossoms. There are thousands of varieties. They grow on both plants and trees. Most plant peonies are native to Europe and Asia. All tree peonies originated in China.
Fun Facts about Peonies
- A peony represents wealth and honor. It also embody romance and love, and are regarded as the omen of good fortune and happy marriage.
- They are the 12th wedding anniversary flower.
- A peony is one plant you will enjoy for a long time. Peony plants can live to be 100 years and still produce flowers.
- Peonies bloom from late May through June in Toronto.
- Peonies are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America.
- The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.
- The white peony is one of the oldest remedies in traditional Chinese medicine. Peonyroot is the part valued in Chinese medicine to treat conditions such as convulsion
- The Chinese name for the peony is sho yu and this means "most beautiful". No wonder why there are so many people fell in love with peonies for centuries if not millennia in myths.