Paeonia officinalis. N.O. Ranunculaceae.
Synonym ► Common Peony, Piney. Habitat ► Cultivated in gardens.
Features ► Stem two feet high, thick, smooth, branched leaves, pinnate or lobed. Flowers (May) large, red, single, terminal. Transverse section of root is starchy, medullary rays tinged purple. Taste sweet, becoming bitter.
Part used ► Root.
Action ► Tonic, antispasmodic.
Convulsive and spasmodic nervous troubles as chorea and epilepsy. Infusion of 1 ounce powdered root to 1 pint boiling water in wineglass
doses three or four times daily.