Cymbidium is considered a symbol of spring in China. Its fragrance was described by philosopher and scholar Confucius (551–479 BCE) as “the scent of kings.” Since the time of Confucius, it has been associated with principled, moral gentlemen and with such attributes as friendship, loyalty, and patriotism. Cymbidium, with plum blossom, bamboo, and chrysanthemum, are known as the “four gentlemen among flowers.”