The Peony is flowering plant in the Paeonia genus and is a herbaceous perennial shrub and distant relative to the elephant apple that in its non-hybridized form produces large fragrant flowers in shaed of red to white in late spring and early summer. The plant is native to China.
Species of peonies include:
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"Ebisugusuri", the Japanese name for the peony means "medicine from China."
In traditional folk medicine, peony root was used as a treatment for menstrual cramps, asthma and convulsions.
State flower of Indiana
In 1957, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law to make the peony as the state flower of Indiana. It replaced the zinnia, which had been the state flower since 1931.