Hyacinthus is a small genus of bulbous flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae. Plants are commonly called hyacinths. Hyacinthus is native to the eastern Mediterranean (from south Turkey to northern Israel), north-east Iran, and Turkmenistan.
Three species are within the genus Hyacinthus:
Hyacinthus orientalis - Common, Dutch or Garden Hyacinth;
Some authorities place H. litwonowii and H. transcaspicus in the related genus Hyacinthella, which would make Hyacinthus a monotypic genus.
The Dutch, or Common Hyacinth of house and garden culture (H. orientalis, native to southwest Asia) was so popular in the 18th century that over 2,000 cultivars were cultivated in the Netherlands, its chief commercial producer. This hyacinth has a single dense spike of fragrant flowers in shades of red, blue, white, orange, pink, violet, or yellow. A form of the common hyacinth is the less hardy and smaller blue- or white-petalled Roman hyacinth of florists.
These flowers should have indirect sunlight and are to be moderately watered.Several types of brodiea, squill, and other plants that were formerly classified in the lily family and have flower clusters borne along the stalk also have common names with hyacinth in them. Hyacinths should also not be confused with the genus Muscari, which are commonly known as grape hyacinths.
Hyacinths are sometimes associated with rebirth. The Hyacinth flower is used in the Haftseen table setting for the Persian New Year celebration Norouz held during the Spring Equinox. Hyacinth bulbs are poisonous; they contain oxalic acid. Handling hyacinth bulbs can cause mild irritation to people with sensitive skin. Protective gloves may be worn to avoid irritation.
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Those lovely bulbs are used indoors during Christmas here in Sweden. Their scent is strong and very special.ReplyDelete
for me they are a delight for the eyes, but not for the nose.ReplyDelete
I like hyacinths a lot, but I didn't know they were poisonous! Thanks for the info. This week I've captured some tulips with some Easter decoration - I hope you'll like them! Have a great, sunny weekend,
Can vaguely remember growing the bulbs one time, but don't remember if it was a success, lol! We don't see them much in California - may be the climate is too warm?ReplyDelete
i love both their beauty and scent!ReplyDelete
I like hyacinths so much! And my nose love them too ;))ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend, Nicole
I like the smell of them and yours have a stunning color, Nick!ReplyDelete
Have a great Weekend ... greetings from Germany, Frauke
a marvelous photo of the hyazinth with this gentle color. Great !
Best regards, Synnöve
Heisann... they are lovely! Have a nice weekend ;:OD)ReplyDelete
I love hyazinth, smell and colors are so wonderful!
Have a nice weekend,
Nick, striking color; can almost sense the smell. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Very pretty pink petals! Happy Friday!ReplyDelete
There is nothing better than the smell of a Hyacinth!ReplyDelete
I love the colour.....ReplyDelete
but I cannot smell them......so sad....
Hyacinths are always a welcome sight. Love these with their pretty pink color.ReplyDelete
I can smell the perfume!!ReplyDelete
These are beautiful, like a work of art :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting,,