Scientific name: Paeonia Brownii, Family: Paeoniaceae
Leaves: It has 5-8 blue-green, deeply divided leaves.
Inflorescence: Solitary bisexual flowers are terminal.
Flower: It has one or more flowers, often opening facing downward.
Corollas have 5-6 green sepals, and are larger than the petals.
Petals are leathery and dark maroon to brown, with yellow tinged edges.
Numerous stamens mature from the center outward from a fleshy receptacle.
Fruits are cylinder like with a few large seeds.
Pistils are thick and get very big (2 inch long).
FORMULA: * 5-6, 5-10, many, 2-5 follicle
Fruit: Follicle. The seeds are round, yellowish to black, large and usually less than twelve per flower
Habitat: Sagebrush Desert and Ponderosa Pine forest at altitudes of 3000-6000 ft.
Brown's Peony in Washington
The peony is named after Paeon which was the Greek god of medicine and healing.
The root of Brown's Peony is cardiac (relating to the heart) and febrifuge (reduces fever). A decoction (heating or boiling to extract medicine) has been used by native North American Indian tribes in the treatment of pneumonia (lung inflammation), nausea, indigestion (difficulty digesting food), coughs, and kidney troubles. A decoction of the sun-dried roots has been used to help people put on weight. A decoction of the root has been used as a lotion on swellings. An infusion (drink) of the root can been used as a wash for sore eyes. A powder of the dried and ground root can be used as medicine on cuts, wounds, burns and sores. A tea made from the dried crushed petals of various peony species can be used as a cough remedy.
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