Roman Hyacinth, French Hyacinth

Hyacinthus orientalis var. albulus

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Hyacinthus (hy-uh-SIN-thus) (Info)
Species: orientalis var. albulus



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


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:


Hanceville, Alabama

Lawley, Alabama

Canoga Park, California

Garberville, California

Los Altos, California

Denver, Colorado

Braselton, Georgia

Conyers, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Hillsboro, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Olathe, Kansas

Ewing, Kentucky

Mandeville, Louisiana

Silver Spring, Maryland

Royal Oak, Michigan

Millville, New Jersey

Conway, South Carolina

Laurens, South Carolina

Loudon, Tennessee

Nevada, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I dug up a patch of these last Spring at an old abandoned homesite and re-planted near some daffs. Wasn't sure if they'd come back but they have! I have had some in bloom now for a few days. I love the delicate look and the fragrance.


On Jan 21, 2007, chrisw99 from Los Altos, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I found this white hyacinth at a local house here in Zone 9. See photo that I posted. Not absolutely sure of id but it usually blooms in Jan--weeks earlier than any of my other hyacinths. Also it has thinner stems and leaves. Overall the appearance is more delicate than the typcial Dutch hyacinths. Sweetly fragrant. Bulbs are small and have white tunics.


On Apr 23, 2005, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is the original "Roman Hyacinth". These bulbs have been in my family for over 100 years. Flowers are smaller and more delicate than garden varieties from Holland. The stems are much thinner than the cultivated varieties and the leaves are narrower too. Very fragrant. Comes back year after year and multiplies readily.


On Oct 5, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

They will return year after year without refrigeration in this zone 10.


On Mar 11, 2003, Greenknee from Chantilly, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant is a survivor. I rescued one from an abandoned homesite anout 12 years ago. It has multiplied and thrived with no care in one of my shade gardens ever since.


On Aug 8, 2001, killerdaisy from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Fungal and bacterial rot may be serious; to prevent spread, to not plant in infected soil for three years