When Vulcan, God of fire, surprised his wife Venus frolicking with Mars, the episode sent him out of his mind, and he ordered Cupid, her son, to be punished severely
“Whip him, that rude man! And to scourge him, use branches of roses till the thorns tear his skin! “
This request obviously shocked the other Gods, such was the cruelty towards a child. It was then that Flora came up with an idea.
She orders Zephyr to fly to the Earth where the sun was rising and asked him to collect the branches of a plant with red flowers but with a thornless stem.