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Common Hyacinth

Hyacinthus orientalis

Also known as

Garden Hyacinth, Hyacinth, Dutch hyacinth, Roman hyacinth

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Common Hyacinth Overview

Hyacinthus orientalis is a bulbous perennial in the Asparagaceae family. It is renowned for its beautiful blue flower colour and sweet, long-lasting fragrance, producing a spectacular flowering display, indoors and outdoors. Even though this plant is exotic and requires a cold period to flower, it can flourish well in many regions of the world including South Africa and the UK. It's often planted in containers, often grown indoors as a houseplant and sometimes grown hydroponically in a glass bowl with rocks and water.

Common problems with Common Hyacinth

Botrytis fungus can attack and damage the entire plant if left untreated. Dust with fungicide and try to increase ventilation. Aphids also attack the flower buds. A simple organic method is to blast them off with soapy warm water in a spray bottle.

How to harvest Common Hyacinth

Harvest the fragrant flowers during late winter or spring. Harvest bulbs in summer months.

How to propagate Common Hyacinth


Divide tubers during summer. Replant during autumn. Plant 10 cm deep and space 7 cm apart. Plant in well-drained, moderately fertile soil in a sunny position.

Special features of Common Hyacinth

Attracts useful insects

It attracts beneficial insects such as bees.

Indoor plant

Great indoor species for warmer climates. All you need is a bright, but dappled position on a windowsill.

Drought resistant

This species requires very little watering.

Pot plant

This species is very small and compact making it a perfect potted plant. Their root system is small and can even be planted in 5 to 10 cm pots, or arranged in multiple colours in larger pots.

Other uses of Common Hyacinth

Fragrance, border, cutting bed, container, indoors.

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