Multiple civilizations have associated a language of flowers to the peony since ancient times
Having long been the subject of controversy over its family, the peony was eventually classified in the Paoniaceae family, although some botanists before the 1950s considered it to be in the Ranunculaceae family. This flower amazes by its forms and its multiplicity.
During the time of ancient civilizations, the Greeks had already noticed the virtues of the peony to treat epilepsy, to promote the expulsion of the placenta after childbirth or to regularize the rules. There is also a legend that speaks of the nymph Péone, the one who had broken the rules of modesty turned into this flower to hide her shame.
The peony has aroused many admirers throughout history
The Chinese were also aware of its virtues as a medicinal plant, but also aesthetic. For the Chinese, the peony is the queen of flowers. It is thus found in practically all ceremonies. It represents feminine beauty as well as love. At the same time, it reflects social success and abundance in all its forms.
In the Middle Ages and in the history of France, the peony also had its place in beliefs and legends. By making bracelets with seeds of this flower, men thus warded off evil spirits, diseases and even storms.
Nowadays, she is anchored in society and has become an iconic flower. That’s why she was chosen to represent the state of Indiana, in the United States of America. Or to symbolize the 12th wedding anniversary. In the latter case, it is the symbol of a happy marriage.
With its lush appearance and majestic allure, the peony embodies romance, predicts good fortune and prosperity. A real alternative to the red rose, it can replace the latter for more originality when offering a bouquet.