The peony is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek God of medicine and healing. Asclepius became extremely jealous of his pupil, Zeus, who saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into a peony. Talk about your juicy Luv God Triangle! Thank you Wickipedia!
I saw the first peonies today, while on my way around Lake Kampeska to the nursery, for an extra 2 or 7 bags of mulch. The scent was fabulous. I'm looking for my favorites, the dark maroon; although, the yellow centered one is pretty incredible! I have all three in my garden, as well as the white.