Plants get their names from some uncommon sources. For example, what does Greek mythology have to do with plants and flowers? The answer is everything! Many plants and flowers got their name from mythological figures like Zephyr and Venus.
Here are a few plants with mythological names:
• Flora. The goddess of flowers. She turned Cyanus into a cornflower as a way to honor his life.
• Adonis. The god of nature. Venus caused a flower to spring from his blood.
• Hyacinthus. Killed by Zephyr, Hyacinthus blood dripped and a flower sprung up from the ground.
• Paeon. The name peony comes from Zeus’ obligation to Leto. He turned Paeon into a flower rather than let him suffer the wrath of Asclepius.
• Crocus. When he asked the gods to help him win the affection of Smilax, they turned him into a flower.
• Narkeo or Narcissus. He drowned in a pool of water after admiring himself. A white flower floated in place where he fell in. His mother is remember by the name Liriope.