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Hyacinthus spp.

Hyacinthus 'Red Magic' 01 by Kor!An (Андрей Корзун) (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Hyacinth Overview

Hyacinthus is a small genus containing 3 bulbous perennial species in the Asparagaceae family, originating from the Eastern Mediterranean region. They have broad strap-shaped leaves and spikes of scented bell-shaped flowers with reflexed, backwards bending petals. Commonly known as Hyacinth, they are popular garden and houseplants and there are many cultivars and hybrids available bred to have more densely clustered flowers and a wide range of colours. Easy to grow, the showy cultivars prefer a spot in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Ideal to grow in containers and flower beds and borders, these bulbs can be 'forced' to flower out of season, giving us fragrance and colour throughout the year, but especially over winter. Plant bulbs in autumn 15cm (6") deep and spaced 10cm (4") apart - however, container-grown bulbs can be placed closer together. Keep the soil moist during the growing season. Forced or prepared bulbs are often treated as annuals but can be planted out and revert to their normal flowering time after 1-2 years. Allow the foliage to die back naturally, giving the bulb time to fatten up for the following year.

Common problems with Hyacinth

How to harvest Hyacinth

Cut flowers as required for floral arrangements.

How to propagate Hyacinth


For outdoor planting - choose smaller bulbs that will produce shorter flower stalks [more weather resistant] For indoor forcing - choose larger bulbs, that will produce a higher number of flower florets.


Special features of Hyacinth

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Repels harmful insects

Deer and Rabbit Resistant

Other uses of Hyacinth

Grown for their dense spikes of fragrant, tubular flowers; ideal for spring bedding displays and for pot cultivation indoors.

Spring Flowering Bulbs

Flowering in spring these bulbs give a beautiful display.

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Looking Good in April - Top 10

Traditionally flowering in April, these flowers will be at their best this month.

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