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The root is antispasmodic, diuretic, sedative and tonic. The root is harvested in the autumn from plants that are at least two years old and is dried for later use. It has been successfully employed in the treatment of convulsions and spasmodic nervous affections such as epilepsy. It has also been used in the treatment of whooping cough whilst suppositories are sometimes made of the root to relieve anal and intestinal spasms. This remedy should be used with caution and not at all by pregnant women. Large doses can be toxic.A tea made from the dried crushed petals of various peony species has been used as a cough remedy, and as a treatment for haemorrhoids and varicose veins.
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Hardy to about -25°c. A very variable plant, there are at least 4 sub-species. There are a number of named forms, selected for their ornamental value. A long-lived plant, living for 50 years or more in gardens. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits. A very greedy plant inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes. This species can spread fairly freely by means of its tuberous rootstock. Strongly resents root disturbance, taking some time to recover after being divided. Peony species are usually self-fertile, though they will also hybridise with other species if these flower nearby at the same time.Plants take 4 - 5 years to flower from seed. They generally breed true from seed.
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