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.

Medicinal Qualities

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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