Peony is a plant that produces beautiful and showy flowers and is native to the Orient. Just there its flower is among the most appreciated, almost revered, because over the centuries it has taken on many different meanings. Initially it was only a lucky charm and with it he wished the bride and groom to have a happy marriage. Then this flower began to represent love, prosperity, nobility of mind and finally peace, especially when it is in full bloom. It has been defined by Europeans as the rose without thorns and has become the symbol of the most romantic love stories, not surprisingly it is widely used at weddings, especially in bouquets or decorations in churches. In addition, the white peony It is the traditional symbol of young girls who stand out among others for their beauty and intelligence, as well as the symbol of young brides. In China, it indicates spring in the floral depictions of the four seasons and is often painted on porcelain too. The red variety, on the other hand, in the East is an erotic symbol and indicates the female genital organs.
Peonies are divided into two main categories: herbaceous and shrubby. The aerial part of the herbaceous ones dies during the winter and, in spring, the new shoots start directly from the collar of the roots. It is precisely the latter that allow the plant to overcome the cold season without suffering damage, because they contain an accumulation of reserve substances. Herbaceous peonies produce an herbaceous stem every year, on which the leaves and later the flowers grow. Like all perennials, the stem also grows horizontally but always remains the same height, usually medium, no more than a meter. There white peony it is generally herbaceous, because this is the genus that lends itself well to cut flowers thanks to the length of the stems. Shrubby peonies, on the other hand, produce woody branches on which jets with leaves and flowers grow in spring; this variety grows like a bush, both in width and in height, and reaches up to two meters in height and in diameter.