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Plantidote of the Day 2012-04-17

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hyacinth

Hyacinthus orientalis

Common hyacinth

Natives of Turkey, hyacinths were discovered by the Dutch a few hundred years ago and hybridized into something like 2,000 different cultivars. (When it comes to flowers, the Dutch don't mess around.) Who can blame them? The fragrance alone is worth it. Then there are the colors.

Hyacinths are easy to grow. You don't even need a garden! You can "force" bulb flowers like these indoors in any zone and they'll bloom from late winter through spring.

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