All You Need to Know about Peonies
Peonies are luxurious large flowers with layers of petals that can be found in many varieties. They come in various colours but are most commonly found in pink or white. Here are six interesting facts about peonies!
Peonies derived their name from the Greek word "Paeon" — a physician to the Gods who was transformed into a peony flower by Zeus as a form of protection when his skills surpassed Asclepius, the God of Medicine.
2. "Roses as Big as Cabbages"
Explorer Marco Polo described peonies to be "roses as big as cabbages" when he first encountered them.
Peonies are a symbol of prosperity, honor and a happy marriage. They also represent good fortune in the Chinese culture and wealth in Japanese culture.
Peonies are known to have medicinal purposes. In fact, their roots have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Peonies can also be used to treat anxiety and depression. Apart from medicinal purposes, peonies are also traditionally used to celebrate the 12th anniversary!
Peonies are able to bloom for over 100 years if given the right care and living conditions!
6. Blooming Conditions
Peonies thrive in cool places! In fact, they require at least 400 hours of being in a temperature below 40 degrees in order to bloom in the spring.
We hope these fun facts have shed some light on peonies! Gift your loved ones some peonies today!
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