HyacinthFacts, Types, Meaning and Care Tips
A popular spring flower with a distinctive fragrance, hyacinths are instantly recognisable by their waxy, bell-shaped florets which are densely packed onto thick fleshy stems.
Different coloured hyacinths carry different meanings. Pink hyacinths mean 'playful joy' while the purple flowers symbolise 'deep regret' and white represents love and prayer.
The hyacinth is referenced in Ancient Greek mythology. According to the legend, a young Hyacinth was killed when Apollo and Zephyrus were fighting over his affections. It is said hyacinths sprung up from his spilled blood..
In terms of their origins, it is believed the hyacinth was first grown in Constantinople in the sixteenth century. They were later introduced to Europe where hyacinth-lovers bred many new varieties and developed different colours of the fragrant flower. Today, these flowers are mainly grown in Holland.
Scientific name: Hyacinthaceae.
Common name: Hyacinth.
Vase life: Approx. 7-10 days
Colour range: Pure white, cream, salmon, china blue, deep blue, light blue, cerise pink, lilac
a few facts about Hyacinths
These beautiful flowers are quite interesting too. Here's a few things you probably didn't know about Hyacinths:
For the Home
Hyacinths look beautiful when arranged in a simple vase or jug. If you would like to introduce other flowers, team them with another seasonal favourite like anemones or tulips.
Hyacinths are also a good flower for low arrangements since the stems are not very long.
The delicate shades and scents of hyacinths make them a popular flower for spring weddings. The flowers lend themselves better to vase arrangements and bridal bouquets as their fleshy stems can make them difficult to anchor into floral foam.
"Hyacinths make a wonderful choice for the spring bride and work particularly well in wedding bouquets when combined with other seasonal flowers such as stocks and hydrangeas. Their intense, sweet fragrance will add another dimension to your bridal bouquet and leave a lovely scent as you walk down the aisle."
Karen Barnes, Wedding Flowers Expert.
Hyacinth Care Tips
As Hyacinths are such wonderful flowers, you'll want them to last as long as possible. Here's how to get the most from your Hyacinths: