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***** Location: Europe, Japan, other areas
***** Season: Early Spring
***** Category: Plant


The origin of this plant is in Greece, Syria and Lebanon. It has been introduced to Japan during the end of the Tokugawa period.
There are many varieties of this plant, also many colors. It survives the winter in its bulb and flowers with a strong smell.

(Hyacinthus orientalis)

hyacinth, hiyashinsu ヒヤシンス
..... fuushinshi 風信子
night fragrant orchid, yakooran 夜香蘭
"brocade lily" nishiki yuri 錦百合


Hyacinth (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Hyacinth (Greek H άκινθος - Hyiakinthos) was a divine hero, the son of Clio and Pierus, King of Macedonia. His cult at Amyclae dates from the Mycenean era.

He is the tutelary deity of one of the principal Spartan festivals, the Hyacinthia, held every summer. The festival lasted three days, one day of mourning for the death of the divine hero and the last two celebrating his rebirth.

In the myth, Hyacinth was a beautiful youth beloved by the god Apollo. According to myth, the two competed at discus. They took turns throwing it, until Apollo, to impress his beloved, threw it with all his might. Hyacinth ran to catch it, to impress Apollo in turn, and was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground and he died.

There is another myth which adds that it was the wind god Zephyrus who was actually responsible for the death of Hyacinth. Zephyrus blew the discus off course, out of jealousy, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth. When he died, Apollo made a flower, the hyacinth, spring out from his spilled blood. However, the flower of the mythological Greek youth Hyacinth slain by Apollo's discus has been identified with a number of plants other than the true hyacinth, such as the iris.

Although the mythical Hyacinth was male, Hyacinth is currently in use as a female name, usually in reference to the flower and not the mythological figure.

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Saint Hyacinth

He is the patron saint of St. Hyacinth's Basilica, in Chicago, Illinois.

Saint Hyacinth, Święty Jacek, Jacek Odrowąż
(b. 1185 in Kamień Śląski, d. August 15, 1257 in Kraków, Poland of natural causes) was educated in Paris and Bologna. A Doctor of Sacred Studies and a priest, he worked to reform convents in his native Poland. While in Rome, he witnessed a miracle performed by Saint Dominic, and became a Dominican. Brought the Dominican Order to Poland, then evangelized throughout Poland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Scotland, Russia, Turkey, and Greece.

During an attack on a monastery, Hyacinth managed to save a crucifix and statue of Mary, though the statue weighed far more than he could normally have lifted; the saint is usually shown holding these two items.

He was canonized on 17 April 1594 by Pope Clement VIII, and his memorial day is 17 August. In 1686 pope Innocent XI named him a patron of Lithuania.

In Spanish, he is known as San Jacinto.

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Worldwide use


Hayacinths (sunbul) are associated with SAINT ''Hyacinth'', or Sunbul Efendi (Sümbül Efendi, Sünbül Efendi), and during the Holy Month of Fasting Stambouli (Istanbul) people visit Sunbul Efendi's tomb.
Worldkigodatabase : TURKEY

Sünbül Efendi (died 1529 in Istanbul) was the founder of the Sunbuliyye Sufi order (also spelt Sunbuli). The Sunbuliyye were a derivative of the Khalwati (also spelt Halveti and Halvetiye ) order.

The tomb of Sümbül Sinan Efendi is next to the Koca Mustafa Paşa Mosque in Istanbul. The site of his tomb was once his Tekke and is now a Mosque. The Tekke itself was once a convent that was abandoned after the conquest of Constantinople and handed over to the Khalwatis by the Sultan to use as a Tekke. Almost all of the Sheikhs who sat at the post of grand Sheikh of this order are buried at the Tekke, including another famous Sheikh of this order, Merkez Efendi (d.1552) in Yenikapı.

The tomb is frequently visited by Muslims who consider him to be a saint.
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Things found on the way


hyacinth -
your freshnes helps
to start this day

Gabi Greve, May 2006


Regal Hyacinthe
Juxtaposed with lilies
Gossips with the breeze



royalty, purple
like sapphire dreams, only sweet:
hyacinth in dreams

Copyright © 2005 Jacquii Cooke


The cold ground warming--
a hyacinth sprouts upward.
Color through the snow!

This haiku expresses Nature's ability to surprise us with it's momentary beauty. Through a blanket of white, a spring flower is able to come up and amaze us with color and life that may only last a week! The Zen Garden also shows us that through concentrating on the simple things in nature we are able to see a whole world of new things that we have never seen before and would not have seen otherwise.

Haiku Discussion in a Zen Garden, 2000


Die Hyazinthe –
Wasser und Zwiebel im Glas –
es blüht der Winter

the hyacinth -
water and bulb in a glass -
winter is flowering
(Tr. Gabi Greve)

(c) 2003 by Walther Stonet


overcast skies...
but the hyacinth
a brilliant blue

hortensia anderson

Related words

***** Saijiki for Europa: Grape Hyacinth




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