My favorite flower. The peony is named after Paenon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the greek god of medicine and healing. A large fragrant flower that comes in a beautiful range of colors. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe, and Western North America.
Tip from my sister: If peony bushes are not growing well, pour some soda around them to attract ants. Ants and peonies have a symbiotic relationship. When you are ready to bring them in the house, turn them upside down in water to draw the ants out. Then put in the vase!