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Hyacinthus orientalis

The sweet perfume and colorful rainbow of H. orientalis has filled the finest of gardens since the Dutch hybridized more plump, densely compacted flowering spikes than the original species found in the wild in the area of eastern Mediterranean back in the mid-sixteenth century. Our 16/17 cm size bulbs produce large, rigid and uniform flower spikes studded with slightly reflexed, tubular florets, also known as nails, and three to four, upright strappy leaves. They do not usually require staking. They are perfect for carefully plotted geometric garden designs as well as more casually incorporated clusters and drifts in mixed beds. After the first flowering season, the hefty flowering spikes become increasingly less compact for a more carefree English cottage garden look. You may want to plant new bulbs every two years since they tend to peter out naturally over time. Deer- and rodent-resistant, Hyacinth bulbs dislike getting wet feet: plant them in a very well-draining spot. Some may experience an itchy reaction when touching Hyacinth bulbs, so wear protective gardening gloves when handling them. If an area of skin becomes itchy or develops a rash, just wash with soap and water and everything should be fine. Hyacinths are very good for forcing indoors over the winter. Bulb size: 16/17 cm. Full to partial sunlight. Bloom time in horticultural zone 5: April. Plant 6" deep and 6" apart. HZ: 4-8. Height: 8" to 12".

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