Peonies symbolized bashfullness in the Victorian Language of Flowers, but these blooms are anything but shy. Their big, puffy blossoms resemble a gorgeous multi-layered petticoat. And just one peony can fill a whole room with its enticing scent! Originally gaining prominence as one of the Victorian Era's most popular flowers, peonies resemble the puffy, multi-layered petticoats of the time period. These fantastic Asiatic natives are also known for their longevity -- in fact, some have been known to live for more than 100 years. .