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Peony: watercolour painting by Betty Johnson, 1997 [3 of 4]

Peony (mu tan in Chinese)
Paeonia
Few other garden plants go back in history as far as peonies, which in China have been used and cultivated for over 4000 years. And there are hundreds of cultivars.
In ancient times the peony was held in high esteem as a medicinal plant. In China pai mu tan is a tea made from the leaves of the white peony.
In Europe Paian, the physician of the Greek gods, gave the plant its name. With peony roots he healed Hades, god of the underworld, who had been wounded by Heracles.
http://www.xinxinpeony.com/xinxin/cultureandhistory.htm
http://www.paeonia.ch/welte/einfe1.htm

Peony