Paeonia Flower

Paeonia clusii ssp. Rhodia is an impressive wild flower one sees in the Rhodian mountains. It is Rhodes’ endemic plant, herbaceous, with upright branched stem - about 30-60 cm tall with large white flowers and yellow stamens (with a diameter of 5 -10 cm). It grows in open coniferous environments and forms small colonies. Paeonia is protected by national and European legislation.


The Myth

The paeonia of Rhodes is named after Paeona, the pupil of Asclepius (God of health and medicine). The myth says that the mother of God Apollo, Lito – goddess of fertility – taught Paeona how to get the magical root from mountain Olympus and how to use it in order to relieve women during childbirth. According to Homer, this is how Hades and Ares were treated after being wounded in Troy. In order to save Paeona from Asklipios –that got jealous and attempted to kill him- Zeus turned him into a flower that symbolizes health, well-being and good luck for newlyweds.

Rhodes History

The inhabitants of Rhodes, genuine islanders, know very well the gifts they have been given by nature and time so they remain proud and protective of the customs and traditions they inherited.

The island is rich in cultural activity, with dozens of traditional festivals and high-quality events . On top of that, the traditional crafts ( pottery, weaving , gold/silver smiths, etc) as well as the local gastronomy ( olive oil, wine, etc).

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Paeonia Flower

Paeonia clusii ssp. Rhodia is an impressive wild flower one sees in the Rhodian mountains. It is Rhodes’ endemic plant, herbaceous, with upright branched stem - about 30-60 cm tall with large white flowers and yellow stamens (with a diameter of 5 -10 cm). It grows in open coniferous environments and forms small colonies. Paeonia is protected by national and European legislation.


The Myth

The paeonia of Rhodes is named after Paeona, the pupil of Asclepius (God of health and medicine). The myth says that the mother of God Apollo, Lito – goddess of fertility – taught Paeona how to get the magical root from mountain Olympus and how to use it in order to relieve women during childbirth. According to Homer, this is how Hades and Ares were treated after being wounded in Troy. In order to save Paeona from Asklipios –that got jealous and attempted to kill him- Zeus turned him into a flower that symbolizes health, well-being and good luck for newlyweds.