Friday, November 2, 2012

Popular Flower on Stamps – Peony

On March 26, 2010, Latvia Post  pleased to issue one stamp depicts Peony flower as part of their programs featuring the popular flower on stamps.  Peonies are  native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. Each flower type becomes more complex in its arrangement of petals.

Peonies are also extensively grown as ornamental plants for their very large, often scented flowers. Peonies tend to attract ants to the flower buds. This is due to the nectar that forms on the outside of the flower buds, and is not required for the plants' own pollination or other growth.

The herb known as Paeonia (Bai Shao, Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae), in particular the root of Paeonia lactiflora has been used frequently in traditional medicines of Korea, China and Japan. Over 262 compounds have been obtained so far from the plants of Paeoniaceae. These include monoterpenoid glucosides, flavonoids, tannins, stilbenoids, triterpenoids and steroids, paeonols, and phenols.

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