Paeonia lobato or Lobed Paeony

chrisrob

Bend, United States

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Reproduction of Paeonia lobata in Benjamin Maund’s Botanic Garden published in London in 1837.
This is one of four plants shown on the illustration page. Each plant image in the original is only 2.4×3.1 inches and requires a magnifying glass to see the quality of the detail. The black ink was applied to the paper from a copper engraving: the colour was done by skilled artists who used water-colour paints to paint each image individually in each copy of the book. This made each image a unique creation.
Introduced to England in 1821 from it’s native Spain.
Maund wrote:
“Paeon was a physician of the ancient poets, whom Homer records as having cured Pluto with this herb. We presume…it’s virtues are altogether reserved for such august occasions, they having never been made manifest on any other, as far as we can learn. The plant is called lobata from it’s lobed leaves.
The ancient Greeks…were acquinted with our Paeonia officinalis and Paeonia corallina. These two plants they considered to be the masculine and feminine of the same species.
The flowers of Paeonia lobata possess a peculiar beauty and delicacy of tint. They assume a handsome globular form, and are altogether different from those of any other species…”

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