The Peony flower is among the longest-used flowers in ornamental culture. It is a traditional floral symbol of China, where it is called (mu-dan). In 1903, the Qing Dynasty declared the peony as the national flower.
Peonies have been cultivated in Asia for more than a thousandjears. Requiring such careful cultivation, they were flowers that only the rich could ajjord to grow in Japan. Therefore the peony symbolizes prosperity for the Japanese.
The peony flower grants its recipient the power to keep a Secret. In its tightly clenched petals, nymphs could hide.