Question about really old peonies
We have a family cemetery that has peonies planted all over. The peonies are either white or pink. The white is fragrant. The pink is not. My mother told me that on "Decoration Day" (Memorial Day) the family carried mason jars of peony to the plots and planted them. Some of the headstones are from the early 1800's. I'm guessing some of the peonies are off-springs, but is it possible the peonies up there have been around that long? Did they name peonies back then?