Tuesday, July 5, 2011

looming blooms

Peony ~ Plant of Healing
"Happy Life and Prosperity"
Peonies, 5 July 2011
It is believed that Peony is named after Paeon (also known as Paean), 
who was a healing deity who had healed Hades’ and Ares’ wounds. 
The flower myth related, says that Paeon was a student of Asclepius, 
the god of medicine and healing. 
He was once instructed by Leto (Apollo's mother and goddess of fertility) 
to obtain a magical root growing on Mount Olympus
that would soothe the pain of women in childbirth. 
Asclepius became jealous and threatened to kill his pupil.
Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.

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