Hyacinthus orientalis L. is most commonly found growing wildly around the Mediterranean Sea, particularly in Greece and Turkey, but also in West Asia. In some cases, wild hyacinth has been found growing among rocks up to 2000 meters above sea level in Turkey. Hyacinth grow fastest in loose soil.

    Hyacinth are known for their long dormant period during the winter -- those who plant hyacinth for horticulture typically do so approximately 6 to 8 weeks before the first hard frost, as to allow the plant time to put down roots. The following weeks (typically winter time) are spent dormant before blooming in early spring.

     The following is a map of the United States where Hyacinthus orientalis L. has been introduced as indicated by the states filled in grey (California, Utah, Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, and Pennsylvania).

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