Etymological Meaning of the Hyacinth Flower
Derived from Greek legend about a young beautiful boy named Hyakinthos who was slain by Zephyr, the god of the west wind. Hyacinth is also derived from the word jacinth meaning a blue gemstone.
Symbolism of the Hyacinth Flower
The hyacinth flower name has a most interesting meaning. In Greek mythology, Apollo the sun god and Zephyr the god of the west wind compete for a young boy’s affections. At one point Apollo is teaching Hyakinthos how to throw the discus and Zephyr gets so angry that he blows a gust of wind in Apollo’s direction, which sends the discus hurling back in the direction of Hyakinthos, striking and killing him. Apollo, brokenhearted, notices that a flower springs up from the blood that was spilled and names the flower hyacinth in honor of the boy. This symbol of the hyacinth flower has remained pretty simple throughout history.
Hyacinth Flower Color Meanings
Color meaning does vary for each separate variety
- Purple – asking for forgiveness or symbolizes deep regret
- Yellow – yellow means jealousy in the world of hyacinths
- White – means loveliness or prayers for someone
- Red – play time or recreation