According to Greek mythology, hyacinth got its name when a young boy named Hyacinth was killed when a discus hit him in the head during a game. A hyacinth sprang from the cut in his head as he lay in the arms of the god Apollo, who was wailing in grief. Wild hyacinths have letter-like patterns on their petals which look like the “A” in Greek which indicates the sound of wailing.

Hyacinths came to Europe from Turkey. A German doctor named Leonhardt Rauwolf collected samples of hyacinths when he visited Turkey in 1573. By the early 1700s hyacinths were very popular with more than 2,000 cultivars available.

Burn Hyacinth incense for happiness and protection.

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