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Any of the approximately 30 species of bulbous, ornamental herbaceous plants that make up the genus Hyacinthus (family Hyacinthaceae), native primarily to the Mediterranean region and tropical Africa. The common garden hyacinths are derived from H. orientalis. Most species have narrow, untoothed leaves at the base of the plant and fragrant flowers (usually blue, but sometimes pink, white, or other colours in cultivated varieties) borne in a cluster at the top of the leafless stems. See alsogrape hyacinth.
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