A weekly new item at the Anton Spaargaren Blog will be ‘Product of the Month’. In this series we will go deeper into the history, characteristics, blooming process, facts and care conditions of different flower/plant types.

A new month, so a new Product of the Month. Since spring is coming (sooner or later, the weather in the month of March is unpredictable over here) we thought it right to focus our attention to a typical spring bloomer: Hyacinth.

History of Hyacinth

The flower breed Hyacinth originates in Turkey and Lebanon.

The origin dates back to Greek and Roman times, and legend tells the name of the flower comes from Greek mythology.  Apollo (god of the sun), had a great admiration for an athlete, named Hyakinthos. When Hyakinthos got hit by a flying disc during a match, and died, a flower grew from his blood. This flower was named hyacinth.

The flower was spread throughout Europe in the 16th century. However, in the 17th and 18th century it was a very exclusive flower, which was only available to the rich and famous.  Luckily, times have changed, and we can all enjoy these beautiful flowers now.

Tune in next week for more…