Peony, a member of the Flowers A-Z series. 10" x 8" framed in a beautiful bamboo look frame

Peony, a member of the Flowers A-Z series. 10" x 8" framed in a beautiful bamboo look frame

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Peonies are the floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, AND the 12th wedding anniversary flower. via teleflora.com They are regarded as a symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage. They can live to be ONE HUNDRED years old!

In ancient times peonies were believed to relieve headaches and help with asthma.  ~ www.townandcountrymag.com

 The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where the Paeonia suffruticosa is called 牡丹 (mǔdān). It is also known as 富貴花 (fùguìhuā) "flower of riches and honour" or 花王 (huawang) "king of the flowers", and is used symbolically in Chinese art.[28] In 1903, the Qing dynasty declared the peony as the national flower. Currently, the Republic of China government in Taiwan designates the plum blossom as the national flower, while the People's Republic of China government has no legally designated national flower. In 1994, the peony was proposed as the national flower after a nationwide poll, but the National People's Congress failed to ratify the selection. In 2003, another selection process has begun, but to date, no choice has been made.

The ancient Chinese city Luoyang has a reputation as a cultivation centre for the peonies. Throughout Chinese history, peonies in Luoyang have been said to be the finest in the country. Dozens of peony exhibitions and shows are still held there annually.

~ En.wikipedia.org