The flowers of P. officinalis are used to scent tea, and the seeds were once used as a spice.

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The old herbalists recognized two different leaf forms of P. officinalis as "male" and "female' peonies, which were used for male and female complaints, respectively. The "female" peony had leafier foliage, scented dark purple flowers

I ami black seeds, while Ihe "male" peony had purple-red flowers and black and crimson seeds.

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