Hyacinth on waste ground, Abbotsbury, Dorset
Pink form on cliff top, Isle of Portland, Dorset
Flowering spike with bell-shaped flowers
Pink petals and anthers
Blue petals and anthers
March to April
Hyacinths are grown throughout the country, both indoors
Naturalised escapes are found mainly in the South and
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
Hyacinths are neophytes, which were introduced from
Southwest Asia in the late 16th century.
Persistent populations, resulting from forced indoor bulbs,
garden throw-outs and guerrilla gardening, have become
They have been known in the wild since relatively recently,
the 1950s, and are increasing.
Hyacinth is a perennial bulbous herb, growing up to 30cm.
Flowers are on a green stem, which rises above the leaves.
They are bell-shaped, up to 2cm across and can be blue,
pink, purple or white.
Leaves are grass-like, but more strap-like and fleshier, and
form a basal sheathing rosette.
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