An elongated grouping of bell-shaped flowers grows at the tip of a sturdy stock: This is the powerfully fragrant hyacinth.
The hidden meaning of the hyacinth traces back to Greek mythology. According to the tale, the sun god, Apollo, loved a Spartan named Hyacinthus. The two were playing discus when it struck and killed Hyacinthus. From the bloodstained ground where he died, a beautiful flower rose. Apollo named it hyacinth in honor of his friend.
This flower's meaning varies according to its color:
- white - loveliness, I'll pray for you
- red or pink - playfulness
- yellow - jealousy
- purple - I'm sorry, please forgive me
- blue - constant affection