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(Paeonia officinalis)
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CAUTION! All parts of the plant are TOXIC, particularly the flowers! A tea made from the petals can be fatal!

PROPAGATION: By division in fall. Spread the roots so the eyes are covered with just 2 inches of soil; sprinkle a handful of bonemeal or fertilizer into the planting holes.
NEEDS: Full sun to partial shade and rich moisture-retentive soil.
HARVEST: The faded blooms for craft projects.


(Although beads can be made from the petals, please remember the plant is toxic and observe common sense precautions! You might wish to try rose beads as a safer alternative.)
After the blooms have begun to fade, make beads from the petals.
Grind them in a food grinder every day for 4 days, always storing them in the refrigerator (please label!); there will eventually be a black, fragrant mixture about the texture of mud; shape into any size bead desired; stick onto a straight pin to make the center hole and pin bead to cardboard, foam, etc.; can be left rough or sanded smooth; makes fragrant beads for jewelry, rosaries or other craft ideas.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH