Miscellaneous Peony Information
Origin of the Word
The word "peony" apparently derives from the name of a Greek mythical character named Paeon. According to myth, Paeon was a student of Aesculapius, Greek god of medicine and healing. When Paeon healed one of the other gods of a wound, Aesculapius, in his jealousy, was about to destroy Paeon, when he was saved by another god by either Zeus or Pluto, depending on the version who turned him into the peony flower.
In China, peony roots were traditionally prized for their medicinal qualities. Apparently the Greeks and the Romans also used peonies medicinally. However, please don't try self-medicating taken in excess, all parts of the peony plant are poisonous.
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Last revised August 31, 2008