Hey you! Glad that you’re back. Today, we start on the second half of our Duo, and we dive into the world of Peony. Although Peony in Dutch is called ‘pioenroos’ meaning peony rose, it isn’t in the same floral family as roses. They actually used to belong to the family of Ranunculus. But, over the years, they have formed their own floral family, called Paeoniceae.
Peony has been around for thousands of years already and originates from China. It is believed that the name ‘Peony’ comes from ‘Paeon’ who was a student of the Greek god of health, Asclepius. This link makes sense if you know that Peony was used in the Middle Ages to alledgedly cure various diseases, like epileptic episodes and nightmares.