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 popular 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.

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Typical Blooming Dates: March - April
Growth Type: Bulb
Blossom color(s): Purple, Blue, Pink
Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Location at Monticello: West Lawn Oval Bed
Planting Conditions: Full sun