Peonies have been a popular cut flower since ancient times. The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. The peonies use date back to over 2000 years.
Peony seeds have been swallowed whole to prevent bad dreams or used in a poultice to relieve stomach aches. Flower petals have been dried and used to make a tea that was reputed to soothe a cough. They were considered a remedy for all disease or ills. In the middle ages there where not many ailments that peonies were not thought to soothe!
Today they are grown in gardens everywhere though they can not handle our southern climate. They are imported world wide as a beautiful cut flowers. Their elegance and charm are unmatched by any other flower.
Peonies are a favored flower for weddings.