Hyacinthus orientalis

Hyacinthus orientalis

Hyacinth

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Hyacinthus orientalis
  • Common name: Hyacinth
  • Plant type: Bulb

Height: 30cm

Spread: 15cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Irritates skin, Harmful if ingested

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