Peonies have many fans, especially on Mother's Day. No wonder, says a Chinese tale.
According to this story, in the garden of Emperor Huan's palace,
was a magnificent flower that no one else in the world had ever seen.
The emperor worshipped this flower so much that when the bloom came,
he forgot everything, even his wife, and sat in the garden, in ecstasy before the blooming flower.
Over time, the empress became jealous and ordered the palace gardener to cut the plant down
to its roots during the winter. She hoped that the plant would not recover and that, without this flower,
the emperor would be interested in her again.