February 8, 2023
Paeonia emodi

Paeonia emodi

Paeonia emodi is part of the Paeoniaceae family of plants. It is a herbaceous perennial. They also call it the Himalayan Peony or Mount Emodus Peony. It is clump-forming and grows to about 1.2m or 4ft tall. The name emodi is Latin for the Himalayas. This plant grows in the western part of the Himalayas. It grows in a region from Afghanistan west to Tibet and Nepal.

Paeonia emodi
Paeonia emodi

Paeonia emodi has dark green, glossy, and divided foliage. The flowers grow on tall stems, usually bearing up to four flowers. They are fragrant and white in color and have prominent yellow anthers. Paeonia emodi flowers in spring. But it has the buds underground in the winter. This is called hemicryptophyte. Paeonia emodi is similar to Paeonia stemiana but it is taller.

How to grow Paeonia emodi:

Grow it in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in humus-rich, fertile, moist, but well-drained soil. Place it in a sheltered location. Propagate by seed or division in early spring or autumn. Deadhead the flowers, and then cut down the foliage in late autumn. It is generally trouble-free, but watch out for honey fungus, wilt, eelworm, and swift moth caterpillar.

Paeonia emodi
Paeonia emodi

They call it Mamekhor, Mamekh, Ood-e-saleeb, Ood-Salap, and Mid in India. In China, it is Duo-Hua Shao Yao or 多花芍药. Paeonia emodi is used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments such as high blood pressure, heart conditions, and diarrhea.

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