Peony

Crimson Flowered Peony - Paenoia monticola

You can find the outrageously beautiful peony in bloom in many home gardens, but if you happen to be into the World of Warcraft you’ll find it in the Jade Forest.  The peony is the traditional floral symbol of China and known as the “king of flowers.” Just in case you forgot your ancient Greek history, it was Paian who healed Hades, god of the underworld, with peony roots. Long live the peony. 

Crimson Flowered Peony - Paenoia monticola illustration from Charting Nature's Vintage Flower Collection