General Info

Native to the eastern Mediterranean, hyacinths grow from bulbs and produce four to six leaves and one to three spikes. They reach a height of 6-8 inches and grow in shades of red, blue, white, orange, pink, violet, and yellow. The ancient Greek myth about Apollo, Zephyr, and Hyakinthos describe the origin of the hyacinths. Apollo was teaching Hyakinthos how to throw a discus and Zephyr was jealous so he blew the discus back and killed Hyakinthos. A flower grew from his blood and Apollo named the flower after him. Joseph Pitton de Tournefort adapted this name to the genus name, hyacinthus in 1753.

Care and Handling

  • Fill vase with at least four inches of water
  • Remove leaves that fall below the waterline. They will rot and cause the bacteria to form and eventually ruin the flower
  • Cut the stems underwater at an angle
  • Place flowers out of direct sunlight and away from heat
  • Change the water daily

Average Lifespan

  • The average vase life of fresh cut hyacinths lasts around one week

Seasonal Availability


Quick Guide

Symbolism: Hospitality
Native Origin: Colombia
Blooming Season: Year Round
Average Life: 4 to 6 weeks