For over 4,000 years, Peonies (Paeonia) have been prevalent all over the world because of their striking, voluminous blossoms. As explorer Marco Polo once described them, “Roses as big as cabbages”, they are sure to catch your eye. This quintessential spring flower begins to bloom as early as April and through the months of May and June. Unfortunately, the flowers are short-lived once fully bloomed. Although their growing season may be brief, nothing says springtime better than blooming peonies.
The Peony is native to Asia, Southern Europe and Eastern North America, but can easily be seen as traditions and symbols all over the world. Peonies are widely known for being the floral symbol of China, in which they hold the name of “King of Flowers” and are highly regarded, prized possessions. In the U.S., Peonies are Indiana’s state flower and a common gift to couples celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary.
They are commonly known as being a representation of riches, honor, and a happy marriage. With their lush, full, rounded blooms Peonies embody romance, prosperity, and are even regarded as an omen of good fortune.