Hyacinthus orientalis

Common Names: Common hyacinth, garden hyacinth, Dutch hyacinth
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Hyacinth subfamily

A bulbous plant, with a 3 to 7 cm diameter bulb. The leaves are strap-shaped, 15 to 35 cm long and 1 to 3 cm broad, with a soft, succulent texture, and produced in a basal whorl. The flowering stem is a raceme, which grows to 20 to 35 cm (rarely to 45 cm) tall, bearing 2 to 50 fragrant purple flowers 2 to 3.5 cm long with a tubular, six-lobed perianth. It has a long history of cultivation as an ornamental plant and thus a significant amount of variation in size, shape, and most commonly flower color. Colors can include blue, white, pale yellow, pink, red or purple.

In Connecticut it is commonly found in flower gardens or as a potted plant during the Easter holiday. Blooms in early spring.

Edible Notes: Poisonous.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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