Fun Facts About Peonies

Peonies are a classic garden flowers. Growing happily for decades, with very little work required. Learn some little-known facts behind these beautiful, fragrant, old-fashioned flowers and what’s new in the world of peonies!   

Fun Facts About Peonies:

  • A peony represents wealth and honor. It also embody romance and love, and are regarded as the omen of good fortune and happy marriage.
  • They are the 12th wedding anniversary flower.
  • A peony is one plant you will enjoy for a long time. Peony plants can live to be 100 years and still produce flowers.
  • Peonies bloom from late May through June in Toronto.
  • Peonies are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America.
  • The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.
  • The white peony is one of the oldest remedies in traditional Chinese medicine. Peonyroot is the part valued in Chinese medicine to treat conditions such as convulsion
  • The Chinese name for the peony is sho yu and this means "most beautiful". No wonder why there are so many people fell in love with peonies for centuries if not millennia in myths.

Here is more information on the Itoh Peony Featured by Frankie on Breakfast Television on May 26th.

Itoh Peony collection

Those who admire the colorful and exotic flowers of tree peonies, but prefer the perennial growing cycle of herbaceous Peonies, will love the Itoh Peonies, also known as intersectional hybrids. They tend to resemble tree Peonies with a domed, vigorous growth habit and large double flowers with disease-resistant lacy, dark green foliage. After the flowering cycle, gardeners will enjoy the handsome bush for the remainder of the season. Once established, Itoh Peonies have an extended blooming period, with as many as 50 blooms in a single season due to their ability to produce primary and secondary buds. They are excellent in cut flower arrangements. They will grow to three feet tall and wide and continue to improve with age.

Named for Toichi Itoh, the first hybridizer to successfully cross a tree Peony with an herbaceous Peony in the 1940’s, these popular gems are in high demand, prized for their huge, beautiful blooms and lush green foliage. Historically, Itohs were challenging to grow and thus hard to find and rather expensive. But that’s all changed. Monrovia now offers these wonderful Peonies!