With ruffles of feathery petals the Peony is my
flower of choice for my May birthday.
Friendship, Compassion & A Happy Marriage
In one Greek Myth, Paeon was a student of Asclepius, the Greek God of Medicine and Healing. Paeon extracted a milky liquid from the root of a peony and cured Pluto. This angered the jealous Asclepius who threatened to kill him. Zeus showed compassion and saved Paeon by turning him into a flower, the Peony.
In China, Peonies were known as "the flower of riches & honour" and used to decorate the imperial palaces. They became symbolic of
good fortune and a happy marriage. The Chinese name for 'most beautiful' translates to 'peony'.
It was considered unlucky to dig up Peonies during the Middle Ages & the Victorian era, as this would unleash evil faeries - probably from another Greek myth in which naked nymphs hid in Peonies!
The Peony is one of the most popular wedding bouquet flowers. It is also official flower for a 12th wedding anniversary.