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Dutch Hyacinth 'Blue Festival'

Hyacinthus orientalis

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Hyacinthus (hy-uh-SIN-thus) (Info)
Species: orientalis (or-ee-en-TAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Festival
Additional cultivar information:(Multiflora group)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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:

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


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


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid 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:

Garberville, California

Chicago, Illinois

Greenville, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 28, 2012, Ispahan from Chicago, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

This cultivar is extraordinary and must be one of the best kept secrets of the hyacinth world. Last fall, I planted 480 'Blue Festival' bulbs around my back garden. I purchased them from Van Engelen and they were much more expensive than regular hyacinth bulbs. However, it was obvious even from viewing the bulbs that these hyacinths were "different." One most of the bulbs received, the basal plate was actively producing countless bulblets. Many of these I separated and planted in a separate area. Much to my surprise, many of these tiny bulblets produced small floral spikes this spring!

But back to the flower. They are such a beautiful shade of blue, that inimitable "hyacinth blue" that vacillates between purple, indigo or blue depending on time of day and lighting.... read more


On Sep 24, 2004, ladyrowan from Garberville, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Baby blue with darker blue midribs; frangrant and natrually multi-stemmed like the old-fashioned hyacinths.