The hyacinth is a bulbous perennial herb in the lily family, grown for its
showy and fragrant springtime flower display. Four to six shiny narrow
straplike leaves and a central flower stalk emerge from the squat subterranean
bulb in early to mid spring. The 12 in (30.5 cm) stalk is crowded with
colorful flowers that, depending on cultivar, may be red, orange, pink,
yellow, white, lavender or blue. The individual flowers are funnel shaped,
single or double, and the six lobes may be strongly reflexed to merely
spreading. Many have intensely sweet fragrances. There are more than 60
cultivars available. Those in the Multiflora Group have several flowering
stalks. Roman hyacinth (H. orientalis var. albulus) is smaller than the
typical form, and has blue or white flowers that aren't as crowded on the
The hyacinth hails originally from the Mediterranean region, from North
Africa, through Greece, to Asia Minor and Syria.
According to Homer, the hyacinth first grew from where the blood of
Hyakinthos, the youthful warrior accidentally killed by Apollo, was shed upon
Identification credit: Tabish
Photographed in the Garden of Five Senses, Delhi & West Bengal.
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