. . . bulb care and growing information
Formerly known as Endymion hispanicus, the Wood Hyacinth is native to southwestern Europe and northern Africa. They are one of the tallest scilla's and the last one to flower.
Each bulb produces clumps of 1½ inch wide, strap-shaped, reflexed leaves from which arises 10-30 rigid flower stems. Hanging from the sturdy, round flower stalks are stunning clusters of broad, bell-shaped flowers held in an upright raceme.
Blooming in May with the late tulips, the ¾ inch nodding flowers can range in colors from pink, white, light blue to dark blue. The species found growing in the wild is usually violet-blue.
Wood hyacinths are an excellent choice for woodland plantings, perennial beds, wildflower gardens and among shrubs. They are especially handsome in the border, inter-planted with late blooming tulips. Living for many years, they form impressive clumps that naturalize well, providing color and contrast.
Do not dig or divide the plants unless absolutely necessary. If needed, lift and divide bulbs of established clumps in early summer after the foliage dies back. Replant bulbs immediately or store for fall planting.