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Inspired by the Peonies wonderful fragrance and elegance. I wanted to show their Bashful and shameful side according to myth…
created with PSE 8 with my own photo of white peonies from my home garden.. taken…08/09/2011..
this digital painting created on 03/08/2012
Mischievous nymphs were said to hide in the petals of the Peony, giving it the meaning of Shame or Bashfulness in the Language of Flowers. While the peony takes several years to re-establish itself when moved, it blooms annually for decades once it has done so.
The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.
The family name “Paeoniaceae” was first used by Friedrich K.L. Rudolphi in 1830, following a suggestion by Friedrich Gottlieb Bartling that same year.
The family had been given other names a few years earlier.
The composition of the family has varied, but it has always consisted of Paeonia and one or more genera that are now placed in Ranunculales.
It has been widely believed that Paeonia is closest to Glaucidium, and this idea has been followed in some recent works.
Molecular phylogenetic studies, however, have demonstrated conclusively that Glaucidium belongs in Ranunculaceae,
but that Paeonia belongs in the unrelated order Saxifragales.
“inspirational, original photo used”