Flower Profile - The Peony

Tuesday Jul 21, 2020 By: Jen

Flower Profile - The Peony

One of the most requested flowers for Montreal flower delivery is the peony. Peonies are widely popular and are loved for their magnificent fragrance, large blooms and the variety of colors they grow in. Their large ruffled blooms are perfect for bouquets, table arrangements and floral crowns. Peonies are sought after by brides-to -be as they make the perfect addition to wedding bouquets and centerpieces. Bonus: They are also supposed to bring good fortune!

The peony is a flowering plant native to Asia, Europe and Western North America (No doubt you have seen them growing locally here in Montreal too!), cultivated for its showy flowers. Herbaceous peonies bloom throughout late spring and early summer. The American peony society recognizes six flower forms of peonies; Single, Japanese, Anemone, Bomb, Single Double, and Double. Peonies are grown in every color except for blue.

Cut Peonies

History of the Peony

The word Peony originates from the Greek work Paeon. In Greek mythology Paeon was the physician to the gods. Paeon angered his teacher Asclepius, (the Greek god of medicine and healing) after he extracted a milky liquid from the peony, curing Pluto. Asclepius threatened to kill Paeon, but Zeus saved Paeon by turning him into a Peony. Dont mess with the greek gods! They love turning people in flowers!

Seasonal Availability

Peonies are available at Westmount Florist for delivery in Montreal during the months of May, June and early July. They are imported in early spring, and we source locally grown peonies from Quebec and Ontario farmers throughout the month of June and early July.

The most popular peony varieties for Westmount Florist are:

Sarah Bernhardt: a double bloomed, petal–packed, pink peony with a light fragrance

Bowl of Cream: large, double bloomed, cream colored peonies with a sweet fragrance

Coral Sunset: large coral colored blooms that make a spectacular transition to a cream color as they bloom

Shirley temple: a perfume packed, pink ruffled peony

Flower mix including peonies

How to arrange:

Peonies are beautiful arranged monobotanically with ruscus or dusty miller

If pairing them with other flowers, they look beautiful with viburnum or hydrangeas

Always cut off all greens below the water line

Fun Facts:

Ants help open peony flowers bloom on plants in the garden. They are attracted to the nectar that the flower bud produces.

They are the 12th wedding anniversary flower

The Chinese word for the peony is sho yu meaning “ most beautiful “

Vase life for a peony on average is one week

Marco polo is said to have called peonies " roses as big as cabbages "

The peony reports back to 1000 B.C. and was traditionally used for medicinal purposes treating headaches and asthma.

Common peony meanings include romance, good fortune and prosperity

As mentioned above, here at Westmount Florist we have peonies available for a limited time! If you would like to order peonies for a Montreal Flower delivery we encourage you to check for availability on our website. If you don’t see what you're looking for we encourage you to give us a call. We are not limited to what you see online!

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