Flowers have always fascinated the human mind with their sheer beauty and enchanting fragrance. Without a doubt, flower tattoos have always been a popular choice, especially among women. One must not forget about men opting for such tattoos as well, although they more often weave flowers into other, more expressive designs to balance them out somehow. In addition to their visual beauty, flowers also have a rich symbolism to offer which makes them such a popular choice.

Flower tattoos are not only a beautiful sight to the eye, but they also have their own deep symbolism. The rose, the lotus, the cherry, and the peony are just some of the flowers that are not only prized for their beauty, but also the meaning they carry with them. The peony has a rich history of being an important part of many cultures. This is one of the many reasons why so many people choose it as their tattoo design.

Peony tattoo – meaning, history

The peony is an important flower – both in history and in mythology, it has been attributed to many different meanings and symbols. For example, the basic meanings of this flower are love, prosperity, good fortune, happy marriage, wealth, honor and compassion, but peonies can also mean shyness.


There are two well-known myths that talk about the peony. In one, it is believed that it was named after Pajeon, the Greek god of healing. According to legend, Pajeon was a disciple of Asklepios (or Aesculapius), the god of the art of medicine. When Pajeon used peony root to cure Pluto (which is really Hades), it was the first time such a thing had been tried and Aesculapius became terribly jealous of his student’s talent. He couldn’t get over it so much that he tried to kill him. In order to save Pajeon and show him his compassion, Pluto transformed him into a peony because he knew it would be a flower that people would admire and praise. Therefore, one of the meanings of the peony is compassion.

In another myth, the peony is linked to a nymph named Paejonia. She was a creature of exceptional beauty and attracted the attention of Apollo, who began to flirt with her. When Paejonia realized that Aphrodite was looking at them, she became embarrassed and her face turned red. In her divine anger, Aphrodite transformed the nymph into a red peony. For this reason, the peony can also symbolize shyness and shame.

Just as the first of the myths shows, the peony was valued for its use in medicine. In ancient and medieval times, their roots and seeds were believed to be able to cure more than twenty diseases, including epilepsy and snakebite. In England, children wore necklaces made of peony roots to protect themselves from epileptic attacks and heart disease. They were also believed to help relieve toothache.

Peonies are native to China. They are highly prized there and are often referred to as the “queens of flowers”. They were the national flower until 1929, when they were replaced by the plum tree. During the Tang and Sui dynasties, they were planted around the Forbidden City, now the former, imperial palace. Because of this, peonies signify nobility, honor and wealth.

Symbolic meaning of peony tattoo:
Good fortune
Happy marriage
Shyness, shyness