Everyone's Beloved: The Peony


Perfect for: Just about anybody who likes pretty things

The message: Known as the "King of the flowers" in China and Japan. For the giver, it means "I know my stuff."

If roses are the most universally recognized and employed flower in the world, peonies may be the actual universal favorite. At once delicate and voluptuous, they are a statement flower. Large, showy, and equally pleasing in full bloom or dwindling flutters, the peony seems impervious to overexposure and old-fashioned meanings. Everybody loves them. In other words: You can't go wrong.

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