Hyacinth

Haycinths in garden setting - white and purple specimens

Common name: Hyacinth, oriental hyacinth, Dutch hyacinth

Scientific name: Hyacinthus orientalis

Hazard associated: Ingestion of all parts but most especially the bulb leads to vomiting, increased salivation, an increased heart rate and laboured breathing. Handling of bulbs can lead to skin irritations.

Notes: hyacinth bulbs

  • These plants are grown in gardens for their attractive flowers and pleasant smell.
  • ¬†Selective breeding has resulted in many different variations of blue, purple, pink and white shades in the flowers.
  • The bulbs of hyacinths might be mistaken for onions by children and inexperienced gardeners.
  • Hyacinths contain the same toxin found in tulips. It is known as tuliposide.
  • Handling hyacinth bulbs frequently can lead to conditions such skin rashes and lesions.

 Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_(plant)

Image credits:

By ElenaSchifirnet – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15124702