Jolana, the Violet Queen!


Crocus Sieberi
Crocus Sieberi
Flower Symbol: The Crocus Sieberi "Violet Queen."
This is a colchicum hybrid with the deepest purple flowers. Colchicums are autumn-flowering crocuses. They are known as "naked ladies" because in most species the flowers appear before the foliage develops. Habitat: open, sunny places. Soil: deep, well drained. Height: 15 cm. Width: 10 cm.

The name Jolana is the Czech variant of the Greek name Iolanta, meaning violet flower. The name Jolana translates in English by "Yolanda", in French by "Yolande", and in ancient Germanic by "Jolenta." The Greek name Iolanthe (or Iolanta) was apparently coined by Gilbert and Sullivan for their play of the same name first produced in London on November 25, 1882. It is composed of the Greek elements iole "violet" and anthos "flower."
The Greek myth name "Iole", meaning "violet", refers to a woman loved by Herakles. The later was the son of Zeus by the mortal woman Alcmene. Noted for his exceptional physical strength and the twelve labors he completed after which he was made a god. The name Herakles means "Glory of Hera." This Greek myth name is composed of the name of the goddess Hera and the Greek element kleos "glory."

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