The cost of peonies
Peonies are very well known for their wonderful flowers, but they also have beautiful foliage and very large and lush shrubs. They are very suitable both for a small garden where they stand out for their beauty and particularity and for larger gardens where they can be grouped in bushes, perhaps with flowers of different colors. But simply talking about peony is likely to be reductive. Many different species are enclosed under this name.
This is one of the reasons why the cost of this plant varies so much. They are above all herbaceous and shrubby plants that develop in the northern hemisphere, but are also widespread in hilly and wooded areas, such as in some parts of Italy where there are peony plants with beautiful purple flowers. In addition, many hybrid species are found in nurseries, which increases their cost considerably.
The cultivation of peonies
The peony is a herbaceous plant that can be safely grown in the home garden and does not involve an excessive amount of time. Clearly it must not even be left to itself otherwise we will soon find our plant dry and unrecoverable. It can grow even in cold climatic environments but not in areas where night frosts are frequent. They have to be exposed to the sun for most of the day, even if a little shade sometimes doesn't hurt.
The soil must not have any particular characteristics, the peony grows quite easily in any type of soil. But the use of organic materials and some mixed compost of soil and peat can be a help for more flourishing growth. It is important that they are planted away from trees or large shrubs that could steal all the nourishment, not allowing the plant to develop at its best.
The meaning of the peony
The name Peonia derives from the ancient Greek paionia, which means plant that heals. Legend has it that the name comes from Peone, doctor of the gods and pupil of Asclepius, who in an episode of the Iliad of Homer cured the wounds inflicted to Pluto by Hercules precisely with the leaves of this plant. Eastern tradition links the name of this plant to the idea of immortality, even though its flowers are instead a symbol of fugacity due to their short duration, at most a few weeks.
Still in the East, the meaning of the bearer of luck is attributed to the flower, which is why it is widely used in weddings to wish the bride and groom a happy and lasting marriage. This plant is a symbol of love and affection in many cultures, so giving it to someone may mean that you want to confess your love. Moreover it is thought that this plant, in particular its flower, leads to those who possess it prosperity, value and nobility of mind. In an ancient Chinese legend it is said that the peonies were used by the nymphs to hide from their aggressors, which is why the peonies also carry with them the meaning of protection.
Peonies cost: Medicinal properties of peonies
Not all types of peony have medicinal properties. In these cases, reference is made to the peony officinalis. Homeopathy has used this plant for the treatment of epilepsy over the years. It is also an antispasmodic, which helps to reduce the excitability of the nervous system and abnormal muscle contractions. Also widely used as a sedative to calm severe pains in various parts of the body. Its roots have always been used to treat diseases and disorders that affect the nervous system, such as neurasthenia, neuralgia and anxiety.
Very effective also against migraine, always thanks to its sedative character. Even the cough can be cured with the peony plant, especially the flowers are used in hot drinking teas to calm the cough attacks. With its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, thanks to some substances contained in its flowers and its leaves, the peony can also be used by children.