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Peonies, flower deity of May blossom in China

Updated: 2024-05-15 09:42 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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Peonies blossom in Shandong province, East China, May 12, 2024. [Photo/IC]

Peonies, originally from China, are often considered the flower deity of May. They hold a high status in Chinese traditional culture and have been praised by many poets.

Peonies come in a variety of colors, including white, pink, red and purple. They have large and beautiful flowers with diverse shapes, including single and double petals. The blooming season of peonies is generally from late spring to early summer, but the exact timing varies by region and climate conditions.

Peonies are not only highly ornamental but also have certain medicinal values. In traditional Chinese medicine, the roots of peonies (known as shao yao gen) are used as medicinal materials, with effects such as clearing heat, cooling blood and activating blood circulation to remove blood stasis.

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