Hyacinthus orientalis is the Latin name for the common hyacinth. Native to Asia, it was brought to Europe in the 16th century. The flowers are highly fragrant and this plant is often cultivated to flower at Christmas so it can be given as a gift. Hyacinths are easy plants to grow, well suited for a beginner. They grow up to around 30cm in height with narrow and thick bright green leaves and bell shaped flowers that grow in a spike atop a sturdy stem. The flowers can be various colours including blue, purple, pink or white.