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PlantFiles: Dutch Hyacinth
Hyacinthus orientalis 'Madame Sophie'

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Hyacinthus (hy-uh-SIN-thus) (Info)
Species: orientalis (or-ee-en-TAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Madame Sophie

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive susybell On Apr 12, 2008, susybell from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This does seem to be a tall Hyacinth. It's in its second year for me and it has come back strong and healthy. The blooms are grown a little more spaced-out along the stalk as compared to some newer varieties (Maybe due to the bloom size?). The one downside to this one is that it is more inclined to lean or tip than my other Hyacinths, although it is in full sun. Still, the large blooms are lovely and of course it smells fabulous.

Positive chrisw99 On Aug 16, 2006, chrisw99 from Los Altos, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Hyacinth orientalis 'Madame Sophie' is a double white hyacinth with a very old fashioned look. She makes me think of debutantes in white ball gowns and is a stand out. Fragrant, tall, and blooms early (late Feb in my Zone 9 garden). I planted mine in 2002 and she has bloomed faithfully every year since then even though I do not dig the bulbs up. In fact I started with 5 bulbs and 6 blooms, but now get 8-10 blooms.

'Madame Sophie' was introduced by J A Bronkhorst in 1929 and is listed as a sport of the white single 'L'Innocence'. In the closeup photo you can see the green tips on the young buds which are very similar to L'Innocence. The buds are very large --see the photo compared to a quarter coin.

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 17, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Introduced in the early 1900's, this double-blooming hyacinth is hard to find. It's flowers are fragrant and pure white. It grows about 10" tall.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garberville, California
Los Altos, California
Grayslake, Illinois
Vancouver, Washington

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