Hyacinth

Hyacinthus orientalis

[hyacinthus_orientalis]

In 1807, President Jefferson recorded planting one of Monticello's oval flower beds with double Hyacinths in four colors—pink, yellow, white, and blue. Hyacinths were extremely poplular in the eighteenth century, when Dutch growers offered over 2,000 varieties, and were on the plant lists of most gardeners of the period. Double forms were considered the finest and, when first introduced, sold for hundreds of dollars a piece.

Growth Type: Bulb Color(s): Purple, Blue Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Oval Bed Planting Conditions: Full sun Map it: 38.010122,-78.452450

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Blooming Dates 2002: Feb 21 – Apr 222004: Mar 8 – May 12005: Mar 22 – May 192006: Mar 17 – Apr 282007: Mar 12 – Apr 252008: Mar 17 – Apr 252009: Mar 9 – May 22010: Mar 19 – May 32011: Mar 15 – Apr 252012: Mar 9 – Apr 202013: Mar 21 – May 72014: Mar 20 – May 1