Hyacinth – Hyacinthus orientalis

Hyacinth
Hyacinth

This native of Asia has a strong, sweet fragrance that can fill the air for great distances around the plant. Even with their enticing smell they tend to be poisonous due to alkaloids present in their sap, and concentrated in their bulbs. Fortunately the evidence of toxicity is not regarded as life threatening (except to turtles), but rather forms a dermatitis in humans.

The sweet smell is captured in an essential oil that is used in perfumery. But it takes 6,000 kg of flowers to produce 1 kg of oil! The flowers will also produce a dark blue dye. In the Victorian language of flowers the Hyacinth flower symbolizes sport or play, and the blue Hyacinth signifies sincerity.

In Greek mythology, Hyankinthos was a young man admired by Apollo and Zephyr, but killed by a discus in a jealous fight between the two gods. The flower was allegedly named after him when it sprang from his blood.

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