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PlantFiles: 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

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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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MiniPonyFarmer 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.

Positive chrisw99 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.

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

Pure white flower; introduced in 1863


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

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