Hyacinthus orientalis


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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour






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Hyacinthus orientalis

Plant details

Hyacinths are a popular choice for growing in pots indoors for a burst of colour and fragrance in spring. But they are equally valuable as outdoor plants, planted in autumn as with other spring-flowering bulbs. 

Hyacinthus orientalis bears purple, pink or white blooms throughout late March and early April. It has a rich fragrance. It looks particularly good planted in the spring border where it combines well with spring-flowering primulas and pulmonarias. 

Hyacinth bulbs can irritate the skin, so wear gloves when handling them.

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Genus: Hyacinthus

Species: orientalis

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 15cm

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