Common name: Common Peony, European Peony
Botanical name: Paeonia officinalis Family: Pedaliaceae (Sesame family)
Common Peony is a perennial plant native to Asia,
southern Europe and western North America. Most Peonies are herbaceous
plants 0.5-1.5 m tall, but some are woody shrubs up to 1.5-3 m tall.
Leaves are dark green, deeply cut into lobes which looks like leaflets.
Flowers are large, double, white in color. The peony is named after
Paeon or Paean, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and
healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from
the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower. Peony has
been cultivated in old monasteries in China and Japan in medicinal
gardens for centuries.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
|Photographed in Srinagar, Kashmir.|