The History Of The Peony Flower

Peonies are some of our favourite blooms, and we are so happy they are finally back in season.

Find out more about the beautiful Peony, including its history, facts, care and more

Peony Season

Peony season is here! We are currently able to experience the joy of the British peony at their best for a very short period of time. Peonies bloom from April to June, with coral peonies appearing first, followed by classic pink peonies in the early days of summer.

Most of us love the beautiful cloud like flower, but how much do you really know about them? Keep reading to find out more about one of our favourite summertime blooms.

History of the peony

The History Of The Peony Flower

There are many tales as to how the Peony got its name. According to one tale the name originates from the Greek word Paeon.

In Greek mythology, Paeon was the physician to the gods who angered his teacher Asclepius after he extracted a milky liquid from the root of a peony that cured Pluto. Asclepius was the god of medicine and healing. He threatened to kill Paeon out of jealousy because he was outsmarting his teacher. Zeus saved him by turning him into a beautiful flower, the peony.

Another myth links the name Peony back to a nymph named Paeonia whose beauty attracted the attention of Apollo. Out of spite, Aphrodite turned her into a peony. This legend is likely what led to the flower’s meaning of poor luck in the Victorian age.

Peonies have been reported to have dated back to 1000BC in the gardens of China and by the eighth century, they had reached Japan who are major producers of the Peony. In the Eastern world, Peonies were mainly used for their medicinal properties. The Peony (root and seed) were frequently used to treat headache and asthma and to relieve pain associated with childbirth. More recently Peonies are used for their ornamental qualities. It wasn't until 1789 that the first tree peony came to Europe.

History of the peony

Peony Facts

The majority of peony plants in gardens today are hybrids of original true varieties.

There are around 40 species of peony that originate from Asia, Europe and North America.

Peony Flowers can reach up to 10 inches in diameter.

They are bowl-shaped and available in all colours except blue.

Peony blooms from late spring to early summer.

The Peony is able to perform self-pollination.

Partially cooked and sweetened petals of peony are consumed as dessert in China. Fresh petals can be consumed in the form of salad or used as a garnish for lemonade.

Peony signifies romance, elegance, honour, wealth and abundance in the language of flowers.

Peony (root and seed) was frequently used in the past in treatment of headache and asthma and to relieve pain associated with childbirth.

Peony is one of the most popular flowers used for the preparation of wedding bouquets. It is also official flower for 12th wedding anniversary

Peony is the state flower of Indiana.

The Peony is a perennial plant that can survive up to 100 years when it is cultivated under optimal conditions.

History of the peony

How to Care For Cut Peonies

The peonies in our bouquets will arrive in bud and will take a couple of days to start opening. If they don't open after a few days, you may find that the peony heads are covered in a sap that can hinder them from opening. To give a them little help, take the peony from the bouquet and hold head down under a tap of room temperature water to remove the sap.

Cut 2-3cm off the peony stem and return to your vase to solve your problem so you can enjoy your peony at their best and let them fill your home with that fabulous scent.


1. Remove packaging

2. Trim stems at an angle

3. Remove leaves on stems that go below the waterline

4. Put flowers in a clean vase with lukewarm water and add food provided

5. Display in area away from drafts, heat, direct sunshine or fresh fruit

6. Ensure the vase remains clean and change the water every few days.

History of the peony

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