Hyacinthus is a small genus of bulbous, fragrant flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae. These are commonly called hyacinths. The genus is native to the eastern Mediterranean.
Hyacinths are one of the most popular bulbs for indoor blooms. These spring-flowering bulbs put forth a bold burst of color that lasts for about two weeks––and better yet, they’re delightfully scented. Most hyacinth bulbs for indoor use are forced to flower; this means they're chilled for a period of time to mimic the conditions of overwintering, which stimulates them to produce blooms. If you buy naked bulbs, as opposed to blooming plants, you’ll have to provide several months of chilling to coax the flowers out.