TEN things you need to know about peonies…

As well as incredible beauty, peonies have depth, history, healing qualities and as a cut flower they’re actually mighty good value. If cared for right, they’ll last a couple of weeks in the vase!

Girl holding bunch of peonies and basket bag
Image – Oh It’s Perfect

1. The peony is the 12th wedding anniversary flower (or every anniversary in my book!!)

Maya 8 x 10

2. The peony is believed to relieve headaches and help with asthma..!! I think I feel a headache coming on!

Pink peonies
By Annie Spratt

3. Why peonies are a great choice for an expecting momma or baby arrival…..

In Chinese medicine they are believed to alleviate the pain of childbirth!

Peonies in the sink
Grown and photographed by Crofters Fold Estate, Victoria, Australia

4. Symbolic meaning of the peony is prosperity, romance, riches and honor.

Image – Unsplash

5. Why you need them in your wedding bouquet – peonies are an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

Bouquet by Little Twig Flowers. 

6. The peony is the traditional flower of China!

peony wall print
Janet – peony print by The Flower Press Available in The Print Room

7. The peony is not a rose! Even though Marco Polo upon discovering them is believed to have said: “Roses as big as cabbages.”

Pink peony on the bush
From Unsplash

8. If growing peonies, an ancient Chinese saying is a good guide….

“The first year they sleep; the second year they creep and the third year they leap.”

Pink peony in the paddock
Peony paddock by Crofters Fold Estate

9. Once you plant a peony, it can live for over a hundred years


10. Peonies need Potassium to provide strength and fight disease….

Peonies en masse at the market
Ready for market. Image – Little Twig Flowers



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