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Hyacinths: Hyacinthus orientalis 'Peter Stuyvesant'

Botanical name: Hyacinthus orientalis 'Peter Stuyvesant'

Common name: Dutch hyacinth

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, alkaline, sand
Zones: 4a thru 8b

deer resistant, poisonous, butterfly attracting, bee attracting

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Dutch Hyacinth 'Peter Stuyvesant' bears broad, dense spikes of rich royal blue. With their fine form, soft, rich colors and heady fragrance, these familiar spring hyacinths are a not-to-be-missed joy of spring. H. orientalis are perennial bulbs with strap-shaped, basal leaves, 6-14 inches long. Extremely fragrant, funnel-shaped, six-petaled blooms are held in large, dense racemes, up to 8 inches long. 'Peter Stuyvesant' and other hyacinths force well indoors over the winter with adequate cold treatment. If you plant them deeply in any well-drained garden soil enriched with bulb food, these large bulbs will perform exceptionally well for many years to come. Outdoor grown bulbs perform best in cold winter regions. Mass plantings provide a stunning spring display, especially when grown under flowering trees or in borders. Deadhead after plants have bloomed. Hyacinths produce offset bulbs that can be removed when the bulbs are dormant and replanted to increase the planting. USDA Zones 3 - 9. Hyacinths really do best in cool climates. South of zone 7 they should be thought of as annuals. --edited by dtd siegelgirl


Native to Western Asia: Israel; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey. According to Greek myth, Hyacinthus, a Spartan youth, was accidentally killed when struck in the head by a discus thrown by the god Apollo during a friendly game. Devastated by what he had done, Apollo created a flower, which sprang from his friend’s blood and was named hyacinth in his memory.

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