PlantFiles is getting a new look! Just in time for spring, we're rolling out a new look for the best online plants database. It will also work with your smart phones and mobile devices, so now you can take it with you on garden center visits or botanical garden tours. Questions or comments? Please post them here.

Dutch Hyacinth
Hyacinthus orientalis 'L'Innocence'

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Hyacinthus (hy-uh-SIN-thus) (Info)
Species: orientalis (or-ee-en-TAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: L'Innocence
View this plant in a garden




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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Ceres, California

Garberville, California

Los Altos, California

Modesto, California

Dayton, Ohio

Bedford, Texas

Gilmer, Texas

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 7, 2009, MiniPonyFarmer from Gilmer, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is THE white hyacinth to buy. I planted these last year and they returned this year in my zone 8b East TX garden full force without any special treatment. MANY of the bulbs sent up a series of THREE huge stalks fully loaded with blooms. They are the purest white and they last at least 7-10 days, sometimes longer. Strongly scented, this is a winner.


On Mar 5, 2007, chrisw99 from Los Altos, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Hyacinth orientalis 'L'Innocence' is one of the most reliable perennializers in my garden. I have clumps that have been growing and coming back for more than 10 years! L'Innocence is a lovely white with young florets that have green tips, very fragrant, and mulitiplies in my Zone 9 garden. Sometimes when the bulbs split the smaller bulbs have smaller, less dense blooms but after a couple of years of annual fertilizer during their growing season, they get dense again.

L'Innocence was introduced in 1863 by V Van der Vinne. Despite being one of the oldest heirloom hyacinths it is still quite available.


On Sep 24, 2004, ladyrowan from Garberville, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Pure white flower; introduced in 1863