THE MEANING AND SYMBOLISM OF THE PEONY
With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it is not surprising that even the mythology surrounding the origin of the peony has multiple versions. One legend has it that the peony is named after Paeon, a physician to the gods, who received the flower on Mount Olympus from the mother of Apollo. And, another tells the story of that same physician who was “saved” from the fate of dying as other mortals by being turned into the flower we know today as the peony.
The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. (Source here.)
The story behind the flower is full of intrigue and certainly rich in symbolism, but the fact is, I absolutely adore this flower and it is at the top of my list of floral favorites. Just recently, I picked up a small bouquet of pink peonies at one of my go to shopping spots, Trader Joe’s along with a small bouquet of white Lisianthus. They are simply arranged and sitting on my kitchen counter, where they make me smile when I see them at the beginning of my day.