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Blue Hyacinth

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Name:  Blue Hyacinth
Color:  When you hear about blue flowers, you would have to think twice about what the blossom really looks like.  For many flowers, blue means that it has a purple tint. But if it’s the blue hyacinth, it’s different.  It’s the only flower that really comes in the true shade of blue.
Shape:  Viewed from afar, a cluster of blue hyacinths looks like a club or maybe even a corn on a cob.  The stem is the stick and the hyacinth flowers are the corn.  But when you look at the flowers closely, you’ll see individual flowers that resemble the shape of starfishes.
Fact:  The prophet Mohammad referred to the hyacinth as something that would feed his soul, saying that if he had two loaves of bread, he would sell one so that he could buy some hyacinths.  The bread would feed his body and the flowers would feed his soul.
Poisonous:  It doesn’t matter what color the hyacinth is, these plants are poisonous.
Number of Petals:  As a cluster, there are numerous petals on the hyacinth flower.  But when the flower is viewed singly or individually, you’ll see it has six to eight petals.
Victorian Interpretation:  In a time where it was not appropriate to express your thoughts and your feelings outright, the Victorians devised a plan where they let flowers speak for them.  The hyacinth, specifically the blue hyacinth signifies constancy.
Blossom Time:  Hyacinths normally came in bloom from March to April but may also bloom months after April.
Superstitions:  Since color blue is seen to play a big role in giving a bride good luck, one of the “something blues” that people can have at their weddings is the blue hyacinth.  Not only is it meant for good luck but also, it’s a symbol for the constancy or faithfulness that each of the partners feel for each other.  It puts to light the wedding superstition of marrying in blue - so that your love will be true.
What the Blue Hyacinth Means: 
To state things simply, the blue hyacinth is a representation of fidelity or loyalty. That’s why when you look at the myth regarding how the hyacinth came to be, it is consistent with the constancy that Apollo feels for his beloved companion - Hyacinth.
In some sort of love triangle between Apollo, Hyacinth and Zephyr - Hyacinth gets killed.  It’s really the fault of Zephyr who made the wind blow strongly when Apollo threw the discus to show Hyacinth that he could throw it farther.  The discus flew right back and hit Hyacinth on the head.  He died because of this injury to his head.
Apollo’s constancy is shown by refusing to let Hades take Hyacinth away.  Instead, he turned him into a flower, the hyacinth we know of today.  Apollo stayed faithful to his companion by not letting Hades have him.
The Shape:  Imagine a bunch of blue starfishes all grouped together.  That’s what the blue hyacinth looks like.
Petals:  Starfishes normally have five feet but there are six petals on the blue hyacinth.  However, these six petals can still take the form and shape of a star fish with the petals curling backwards.
Numerology:  Hyacinths, specifically the blue ones, fall under number 7.  This shows a high level of intuition to the point that it’s psychic.
Color:  It’s the color of this particular flower that makes it very special.  It’s a true hue of blue that represents faithfulness and constancy.
Herbalism and Medicine:  No matter what the color of the hyacinth, it’s something that’s used widely in medicine, most especially in China.  As an herb, it works as an antibacterial and an antiphlogistic.

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