Day 62 - 'Coral Charm' Peony
The Peony was named after Paean who was a student of the Greek God of Medicine, Asclepius. Zeus turned Paean into a Peony to save him from the anger of Asclepius who had become jealous of his students healing abilities. This is why today people of Greece believe that Peonies are an important medicine & could cure more than 20 aliments.
A number of colours are available including pink, white, coral, peach & maroon.
They are native to north Japan, parts of Asia & parts of north America & southern Europe.
The Japanese protect the earliest Peony from the snow by putting an individual thatched shelter on top of each one.
The Chinese name for Peony is 'Sho-yu' which means 'most beautiful'.