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PlantFiles: Roman Hyacinth, French Hyacinth
Hyacinthus orientalis var. albulus

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

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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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive berrygirl 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.

Positive chrisw99 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.

Positive TomH3787 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.

Positive Kelli 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.

Positive Greenknee 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.

Neutral killerdaisy 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


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
Royal Oak, Michigan
Millville, New Jersey
Conway, South Carolina
Laurens, South Carolina
Loudon, Tennessee
Nevada, Texas

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