Dutch Hyacinth 'Blue Jacket'

Hyacinthus orientalis

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Hyacinthus (hy-uh-SIN-thus) (Info)
Species: orientalis (or-ee-en-TAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Jacket



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Canoga Park, California

Citrus Heights, California

Garberville, California

Los Altos, California

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Florence, Mississippi

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Conover, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

, Ontario

Grants Pass, Oregon

Clarksville, Tennessee

Palestine, Texas

Puyallup, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 28, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Saw other comments below. I have to be very careful too when planting Hyacinth because I get a horrible rash on my face, neck and arms and yes, it is just when planting and handling the bulbs. After that, no problems whatsoever - I can touch flowers, foilage, etc; Blue Jacket has been growing a purple shade for me but it is a very pretty purple.


On Sep 10, 2004, ladyrowan from Garberville, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have had this variety in my garden for a few years, and I enjoy it's blooms every spring.

Be careful when handling the bulb, as hyacinths can cause a rash on your skin.


On Mar 10, 2004, SN33K from Palestine, TX wrote:

after a little trial & error,this plant has done fairly well in zone 8.well drained soil and CAREFUL watering is key.
this cultivar is very fragrant we love this addition to our landscape.


On Apr 2, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Highly aromatic; a single stalk will perfume the entire house for days.

Bulbs can be pre-chilled then forced indoors as a potted plant.

When the bloom stalks become sparse, lift and divide the bulbs after the foliage fades. Within a couple of years, the bulbs will be back to regular-size flowering stalks.