Hyacinth Hyacinthus orientalis 'Woodstock'
Hyacinthus orientalis 'Woodstock', commonly known as the 'Woodstock' hyacinth, is an ornamental plant known for its striking blooms. This variety features rich, deep purple flowers that are densely packed on a central spike, which gives it a very lush appearance. The blooms are bell-shaped with a slight recurve at the petal tips, forming a characteristic outline that is both elegant and robust. The brilliant purple coloration can vary slightly, presenting hues that may appear more reddish-purple or burgundy depending on the light. Each individual flower is small and tubular, but together they create a substantial and showy floral column. 'Woodstock' hyacinths emit a strong, sweet fragrance that is often associated with early spring gardens. The foliage of this plant consists of a rosette of dark green leaves. These leaves are strap-shaped with smooth edges and a glossy surface, forming a neat, tufted base that cradles the flower spike. Despite the omission of specific dimensions, the overall impression of the 'Woodstock' hyacinth is one of vibrant color and classic floral shape, a much-coveted springtime bloom bringing both visual and olfactory pleasure to gardens and landscapes.
About this plant
Common Hyacinth, Garden Hyacinth, Dutch Hyacinth.
Hyacinthus orientalis 'Woodstock'.
The common name for Hyacinthus orientalis 'Woodstock' is hyacinth. All parts of the hyacinth plant are considered poisonous to humans if ingested. It contains oxalic acid and possibly other toxic alkaloids. The symptoms of poisoning can include intense stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some cases, handling the bulbs can cause skin irritation due to the presence of oxalates, so it is advisable to wear gloves when handling them to prevent skin irritation known as hyacinth itch.
The common name for Hyacinthus orientalis 'Woodstock' is hyacinth. Hyacinths, including the bulbs, leaves, and flowers, are toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. The primary toxic components are the alkaloids they contain, along with oxalic acid. If a pet ingests any part of the plant, symptoms of poisoning may occur and can include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and potentially tremors. In severe cases, if a large enough amount is consumed, it can lead to an increase in heart rate and difficulty breathing, which can be life-threatening and would require immediate veterinary attention.
Color of leaves
0.6 feet [18 cm]
0.5 feet [15 cm]
- General Benefits
- Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and elegance to gardens and landscapes.
- Fragrance: Emits a strong, pleasant scent that can perfume the surrounding area.
- Attracts Pollinators: Draws in bees and other beneficial insects which aid in pollination.
- Easy to Grow: Known to have a manageable growth habit, suitable for gardeners of various skill levels.
- Spring Bloomer: Provides early-season blooms that add to the diversity of a spring garden.
- Varied Use: Can be grown in flower beds, borders, containers, or cut for floral arrangements.
- Symbolism: Often associated with playfulness and sport, which can imbue gardens with a sense of joy and tradition.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- As a natural dye: The dark, richly colored flowers of the hyacinth can be used as a source of natural dye for fabrics and other materials.
- In perfumery: The blooms of the hyacinth are used to produce essential oils that are often incorporated into luxury perfumes.
- As a pest deterrent: When planted in gardens, hyacinths may help deter certain pests like deer or rabbits because of their strong fragrance.
- In art and literature: The vibrant colors and distinct shape of the hyacinth have made it a common symbol and subject in paintings, poetry, and prose.
- In eco-friendly burials: Biodegradable hyacinth plant bulbs can be used in "green" burials, serving as a symbol of new life and growth.
- As a teaching tool: Hyacinths are often used in educational settings to teach students about plant biology and the lifecycle of bulbous plants.
- In color therapy: The vivid colors of the hyacinth are sometimes used in color therapy practices for their perceived calming and mood-enhancing properties.
- In floral language: Each color of the hyacinth flower has a different meaning in floriography (the language of flowers), conveying messages without words.
- For sound insulation: Large plantings of hyacinth in garden spaces can potentially help dampen noise, serving as a natural sound barrier.
- In potpourri: Dried hyacinth petals can be included in homemade potpourri blends to add fragrance to rooms.
- Feng Shui
The Hyacinth is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
The Hyacinth is not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Constancy and Sincerity: The hyacinth, particularly 'Woodstock', often symbolizes consistency and heartfelt emotions due to its persistent flowering and rich color.
- Playfulness: The playful and vibrant shape of the hyacinth blossoms can represent playfulness or sportiveness.
- Jealousy: In the language of flowers, hyacinth can sometimes symbolize jealousy, originating from the Greek myth of Hyacinthus, whose death led to the flower's creation.
- Peace: The hyacinth is also a symbol of peace and tranquility, often used to convey a desire for serenity.
- Beauty: The striking beauty of the 'Woodstock' bloom represents loveliness and the appreciation of beauty.
Hyacinth bulbs require consistent moisture during the growing season, so water your Hyacinthus orientalis 'Woodstock' when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which is roughly once a week. Increase watering frequency during blooming to support their heavy water needs. In general, applying about half a gallon of water for each plant should be sufficient to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. After blooming and when the leaves start yellowing, reduce watering to allow the bulb to go dormant, entering a dry period over the summer months.
Hyacinths, including the 'Woodstock' variety, thrive in full sun to partial shade; however, they bloom best when provided with plenty of bright, indirect sunlight for at least six hours daily. The ideal spot for a Hyacinth 'Woodstock' would be where it can receive morning sunlight and some dappled shade in the afternoon to protect it from the intense midday heat, which can damage the blooms.
The Hyacinth 'Woodstock' favors temperate climates and will grow well in an environment where the temperature ranges between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during its growth period. It can withstand winter temperatures down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, which is essential for the vernalization process needed to trigger blooming. Ideal growing conditions are cool nights and warmer days during the spring blooming period.
Pruning Hyacinths, like the 'Woodstock' variety, involves deadheading the spent flowers to prevent seed formation, which conserves energy for the bulb. Cut back the flower stalks once the blooms have faded but leave the foliage in place until it dies back naturally. Typically, this only needs to be done once per season, as Hyacinths only bloom once a year, with the best time for pruning being in late spring after flowering.
The best soil mix for growing the Woodstock Hyacinth is one that is well-draining but retains some moisture, such as a blend of loamy soil, peat, and sharp sand. Aim for a soil pH between 6.0 to 7.0.
Woodstock Hyacinths, being perennial bulbs, do not require frequent repotting. It's sufficient to repot them every 2-3 years, or when the bulbs multiply and become crowded in their current pot or garden space.
- Humidity & Misting
Woodstock Hyacinths prefer average to high humidity levels. A range of 40-70% is ideal for these plants, so they thrive in a typical indoor environment without the need for additional humidity control.
- Suitable locations
Plant in well-draining soil, bright location, 60-70°F, water when top soil is dry.
Plant bulbs in fall, full sun to partial shade, moist well-drained soil.
- Life cycle
Commonly known as the Hyacinth 'Woodstock', the life cycle of Hyacinthus orientalis 'Woodstock' starts with a dormant bulb, which is typically planted in the fall. In early spring, the bulb breaks dormancy, sending up green shoots that develop into a sturdy stalk with a dense spike of fragrant, deep purple flowers. After blooming, which can last for a few weeks, the flower spike fades, and the plant enters a period of photosynthesis where the leaves continue to gather energy, which is stored in the bulb for the next growing season. Once the leaves yellow, the plant goes dormant again during the summer months. The bulb survives the heat and then, with the cooler temperatures of autumn, starts developing roots in preparation for the next cycle of growth. After several years, the bulbs can be lifted, divided, and replanted to propagate new plants and to keep the cycle going.
The common Hyacinth, specifically the Hyacinthus orientalis 'Woodstock', is typically propagated through bulb division. The most popular method of propagating Hyacinths involves waiting until the foliage has died down after flowering in late spring or early summer. At this time, the bulbs can be gently dug up and any offsets, which are smaller bulbs developed from the base of the parent bulb, can be separated. The separated offsets can then be replanted immediately, with the pointed end upward, at a depth of approximately 6 inches (which is about 15 centimeters) and spaced about 4 inches (10 centimeters) apart to allow for growth. Over the next growing season, these offsets will develop into mature bulbs capable of producing their own flowers. It is important to handle the bulbs carefully to avoid damage and to plant them in well-drained soil with sufficient sunlight to encourage growth.