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.
- 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)