We’ve had one of the most robust Peony seasons we’ve seen in a long time. Apparently, the plants like cold and wet spring seasons.
There reportedly are about 30 species of Peonies, a few of which are native to the Northwest United States. These species produce at least six recognized flower types: Single; Semi-Double; Double; Anemone; Bomb, and Japanese.
Peonies (“PEE-uh-knees”) are named in honor of Paeon, the Greek god of medicine; and, indeed, their flowers and other parts have been used in Asian medicines and teas for centuries.
The flowers also traditionally have been one of the most popular subjects for human skin art (tattoos) in Asia. (Brooklin, Maine)