For Those Whom We Call Mother...
It is thought that the name peony originates from the Greek word Paeon.
One 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 are recorded dating as far back as 1000BC and by the 8th century, they reached Japan from China. In the Eastern world, peonies were mainly used for their medicinal properties.
The peony's roots and seeds were frequently used to treat headache and asthma and to relieve pain associated with childbirth.
To me, they exude joy and luxury!