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Grape Hyacinth

Muscari spp.

Muscari azureum7 by Meneerke bloem (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

20cm

5cm

Min

5cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Grape Hyacinth Overview

Muscari is a genus of 43 accepted species of bulbous, perennial plants in the Asparagaceae family. These plants are commonly known as Grape Hyacinth. They are cultivated for their early spring flowers and these plants easily and rapidly naturalise in the garden where they are usually grown under trees, in rockeries, planted in lawns or containers. They are native to the woodlands and meadows of Eurasia and North Africa and widely naturalised elsewhere. Foliage grows in clumps of strap-like leaves and this genus bears small flowers, usually blue-purple, sometimes white, particularly in cultivated varieties. These are bell-shaped and arranged in dense, conical racemes. In the United States, these plants are sometimes commonly known as Bluebells.

Common problems with Grape Hyacinth

Generally pest and disease free, they can occasionally suffer from a virus.

    How to harvest Grape Hyacinth

    Generally not harvested, but flowers can be cut for floral arrangements as required. Ripe seed heads can be collected in summer.

    How to propagate Grape Hyacinth

    Bulbs

    Plant newly purchased bulbs as soon as possible, 10 cm deep in loose groups for the best effect.

    Division

    Lift clumps when the bulbs are dormant in summer and divide offsets. Replant as soon as possible to prevent them from drying out.

    Seed

    Sow seed as soon as ripe into trays of seed compost and keep in a cold greenhouse or cold frame over winter. Germination should occur by spring.

    Special features of Grape Hyacinth

    Attractive flowers

    Indoor plant

    Bulbs can be grown in a container indoors for the first year, provided they are situated with a high level of light.

    Pot plant

    Ideal for growing as part of a mixed planter.

    Other uses of Grape Hyacinth

    This reliable bulb can be planted to provide spring interest on banks and slopes as well as ground cover under deciduous shrubs. It suits almost all types of gardens from urban courtyards to informal cottage gardens. It will perform in coastal gardens and looking stunning as part of a rock garden.

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