Starry flowers that droop like bells on spikes with strap-like leaves; colors range in blues, whites, pinks and violets; heights and bloom times also cover a wide range; one of the most shade tolerant bulbs; most are hardy in zones 4-8; late spring/early summer blooming.
Although the epithet peruviana means "from Peru", it is strictly a western Mediterranean species. Linnaeus named the species in 1753, noting an earlier name given to the plant by Carolus Clusius, Hyacinthus stellatus peruanus. It is said that Clusius misunderstood a statement that the bulbs came from a ship called "Peru" and thought that they came from the country.
It is a bulb-bearing herbaceous perennial plant.