The Symbolism of the Peony Flower

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The Symbolism of the Peony Flower
Peonies symbolise wealth, honour, nobility, peace and beauty. (Peony image by Konstantin Stepanov from

The peony flower has symbolised many different things for different cultures all over the world. The peony is most widely associated with wealth and honour, nobility, peace and female beauty.

Wealth and Honor

In China, the peony become popular in palaces during the Sui and Tang dynasties. The flower's popularity with Chinese royals helped the flower to be a symbol of wealth and honour. The peony has also earned the title as "king of flowers".


The peony flower has different meaning when in bloom and unbloomed. When the peony is in full bloom, many cultures view the flower as a symbol of peace.

Female Beauty

The peony is a luxurious flower, with large rounded blooms and floral aroma. The flower is sometimes referred to as a "spring beauty" and symbolises female beauty. Many times the peony is used as a metaphor in literature to represent female beauty.

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