Hyacinthus 'GIPSY QUEEN'

Hyacinthus
Hyacinthus 'GIPSY QUEEN'
hyacinth
SIZE/TYPE low perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.2-0.3m
USUAL WIDTH
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +různobarevné:orange a salmon pink
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
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Hyacinth is a popular and well-known bulbous perennial. Less known is its name's origin from Green mythology. In ancient times prince Hyacinth (Hyacinthus) was an extremely handsome and athletic son of the king of Sparta, and his beauty struck two Gods who courted him and competed for his love: Apollo, the god of light and sun, and Zephyrus, the god of west winds. Hyacinth chose radiant Apollo which drove Zephyrus mad with jealousy. He caused his death when Hyacinth and Apollo were throwing discus and Zephyrus blew it the way that it hit Hyacinth's head. Apollo, in his grief for his lover, created a flower from his blood after his death. Interesting fact about this story is that Zephyrus was protected against Apollo's anger by Eros, the god of love, who justified Zephyrus' act as the act of love, and in return ordered Zephyrus to serve Eros forever. According to Bibliotheca this is the very first story describing love between two men.

The Gipsy couple of hyacinth brings extraordinary flower colours, not common with this perennial. Gipsy Queen is a fantastic salmon orange/pink variety with tubular flower buds opening to star-shaped flowers from late April until May. The flowers have prominent pink central stripes on light orange surroundings. They are formed in dense, terminal spikes atop 25-30 cm tall stems. Gipsy hyacinths boast with one extra feature - each bulb produces not only one, but usually two or even three stems with flowers, not at the same time but continuously so you can enjoy a longer flowering period. Leaves are linear, rich green.

Hyacinth prefers humus-rich, fresh, moist but free-draining soil and location in full sun or only a slight shade for a part of the day. They do not multiply as readily as for example daffodils so if you want a rich nest get more bulbs or plants right at the beginning. Cut of stems with spent flowers and wait patiently until the leaves die off in order to make sure the bulbs gather enough strength to flower profusely in the following spring. It is very hardy to at least -30°C (USDA zone 5) without any protection, or -40°C (USDA zone 3) with a good layer of mulch.

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  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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