Romania has released a stamp on 30th March 2011 on Peony.The peony, spread over the temperate Eurasia, is the flower often described in Europe as “the thornless rose” and mentioned for the first time around 77 A.D. by Pliny the Elder.
The Common Peonies (Paeonia Officinalis) were used in the old popular medicine for the treatment of certain disorders. The infants used to wear a collar made of this plant seeds around their neck to calm toothaches. The petals and roots were used for the treatment of asthma, epilepsy and gout.The Paeonia peregrina (Romanian Peony), illustrated on the p ostage stamp with the face value of lei 1.00, belongs to Paeoniaceae family.It is an herbaceous plant, with straight and unbranched stems, 50-80 cm high. Mostly, the peony flowers are solitary, large,made up of 5-6 sepals and 7-11 bright red 5-7 cm long petals.The flowers of the Romanian peony are used for tea or jam.