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Harbinger of Spring - Hyacinth or Hyaczi ...

Harbinger of Spring - Hyacinth or Hyaczinthe

Mar 26, 2021

Daffodils, Crocus, Snowdrops, ... and Hyacinths.

Another spring flower starting blooming in my yard: hyacinth or ๐—›๐˜†๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ. It is native to the Eastern Mediterranean and belongs to the asparagus family (๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ฎฬˆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜€๐—ฒ). Yes, you read that right, the hyacinth and asparagus belong to the same family.

In Greek mythology, Hyacinth or Hyacinthus (๐—›๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€) was a Spartan prince and Apollo's lover. One day, they were training with a discus when Hyacinth wanted to catch the discus that Apollo had thrown. But it bounced back and hit Hyacinthus in the head killing him. (In a different version a jealous Zephyrus is responsible for Hyacinthus' death.) Not even the god Apollo could save him (though he later resurrected him), but he created a beautiful flower from Hyacinthus' spilled blood. That's how the hyacinth or ๐—›๐˜†๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ got its name.

I really like hyacinths, however their fragrance can be a little overwhelming when you are too close for too long.

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