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  FLOWERS IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY

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Hyacinthus-hyacinth
A handsome Spartan youth loved by both Apollo, god of the sun, and Zephyrus, god of the west wind. Both gods competed to gain this handsome youth’s attention. One day, as Apollo was teaching the young man how to throw the discus, the god accidentally killed Hyacinthus. According to another legend, Zephyrus was jealous of the youth's love for Apollo and blew upon the discus,causing it to strike

Hyacinthus and kill him. The truth is that the hyacinth mentioned in this myth is most probably not what we call hyacinths today, as the “modern” hyacinth is not native to Greece. In fact, the myth may not even be the true source of the word "hyacinth," as it has been traced back to even more distant antiquity; a non-Greek language spoken some 4,000 years ago, called 'Thracopelasgian.'
 

Narcissus-narcotic
This famous, flower inspired myth is perhaps more suited to the beauty of the narcissus. Narcissus was an exceptionally handsome young man. His mother had told him that he would live a long life if he did not look upon his own beauty. Narcissus however,decided to see his reflection on the surface of the water coming from a spring. He was so enchanted by his own beauty that he remained there, still, admiring his image until he died by the side of the spring.
According to another version, he mistakenly thought that his own reflection was the face of the nymph that inhabited the spring and he drowned when we jumped into the water trying to catch her. The narcissus flower supposedly grew at that spot

Crocus-Snow crocus
Crocus was a friend of the Greek god Hermes. One day as the two friends were playing, Hermes accidentally hit and killed his friend. A small flower grew at the place of the accident. Three drops of Crocus’ blood fell on the center of the flower and formed the spots on this plant. The plant took the name crocus because of this event. According to another myth, Crocus was a young man who transformed into a flower because of his unfulfilled love for a nymph called Smilax. At the same time, Smilax transformed into a vine-plant (Smilax aspera-Sarsparilla).

 

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