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History of Peonies

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Peonies

The history of peonies originates from far away, since indications have already been found 2000 years ago.

The genus "Peonia", of the Peoniaceae family, refers to a herbaceous or perennial shrub plant, with deciduous leaves and large flowers with numerous overlapping petals, very colorful and generally fragrant; it is also called "rose without thorns", for its gifts comparable to that of the well-known queen of flowers, the rose. Peony is used as an ornamental plant, buried in gardens or placed in pots on balconies and terraces, due to the pleasant color spot given by its flowering. Since it has some medicinal properties, it is also used as an officinal plant.


Species of peonies

Herbaceous peony can reach one meter in height; the most famous varieties are Peonia Officinalis, of European origin, whose flowers are supported by single-flowered and odorless stems, and Peony Lactiflora, of Siberian origin which instead has very fragrant and decorative multi-flower stems.

The arboreal or shrubby peony, of Asian origin, can reach a height of two meters; It is a rustic plant that lives well in temperate regions, it can bloom already in spring while towards the end of August it begins to reduce its vegetation to prepare for winter rest.

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