According to the 1991 edition of the International Checklist for Hyacinths and Miscellaneous Bulbs, by the Royal General Bulbgrowers' Association (KAVB) /orientalis/ L. 'Sneeuwwitje' /orientalis/ 'Snowwhite' sport of /orientalis/ 'Borah' P. van Reisen, 1950; spike slender, flowers white, Fairy type A.M.-B.C. 1960 /orientalis/ L. var. /albulus/ Baker /albulus/ Baker Naturalized in S. France; spike small and slender, flowers white, early flowering. (2n=16) Roy Genders, in "Bulbs, A Complete Handbook" makes brief mention on pg 354 ". . . and from the variety /albus/, with its blooms of virginal whiteness, native of southern France, was raised the early flowering Roman hyacinth." On the next page he devotes a paragraph to /Hyacinthus romanus/, which he describes as "Not a true species but the French form of /H. orientalis/ with creamy-white flowers in a loose spike at a height of 12 in (30 cm). It is usually grown under glass, when it will bloom between Christmas and Easter." After some more discussion about multiflora hyacinths which are derivatives of /H. romanus/ there an interesting two sentence long paragraph: "/Hyacinthus tabrizianus. /Native of Persia, it is one of the rarest plants in cultivation, a single bulb being worth 50 new pence. It grows only 3 in (7.5 cm) tall and blooms in March, the tiny bell-shaped blooms being white, shaded with palest blue and they are deliciously scented." And there we have it. Would that we did. Have it, that is. I would delight in having any of the above-mentioned dainty white hyacinths. And speaking of hyacinths - is it just me or do the bulbs we see offered for sale seem to be shrinking in size, compared to those I recall from a couple of decades ago? Or am I just showing my age and a faulty memory. Judy in New Jersey where the leaves continue to fall from the trees, along with dropping temperatures.