Wednesday/ a flower named for the physician of the gods

The shrubby peony plant has long been cultivated for its large showy flowers, and it’s easy to see why. This one comes out of my friends’ garden.

The peony (or paeony) is a flowering plant in the genus Paeonia. The word peony comes from the Old English peonie, and originally from the Greek paiōnia, referring to Paiōn, the physician of the gods in Greek mythology.

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