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The peony – a definite show stopping flower

The peony – a definite show stopping flower which has a richness about it. Their large blooms and overlapping petals have rightfully placed them as a favorite in many households, but did you know that there’s more to them than what meets the eye?

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These 5 fascinating facts will make you love them even more!

  1. A flower as old as time
    Peonies are said to have been around for thousands of years. They originated in China and were brought to Europe in the 1800s.
  2. Huge Variety
    There are more than 6500 varieties of peonies with new ones being introduced all the time. They usually bloom from late spring to early summer enabling peony lovers to enjoy them at a wonderful time of the year.
  3. Greek Mythology
    The peony is named after Paeon (Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. It is said that Asclepius became murderously jealous of his student so Zeus saved Paeon by turning him into a Peony.
  4. Medicinal Properties
    Research has shown that peony plants help the immune system and have mood-boosting properties. The roots and seeds have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat several ailments.
  5. Symbolism
    Peonies represent romance and love and are considered a good omen for a happy marriage which explains them being such a popular choice among brides. They are also a symbol of honor and prosperity.

If you want to brighten up your living room or are thinking of replacing the flower arrangement you have had for the last few weeks, take a look at our peony collection! You are bound to find something you love! 

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