Genus: Grape hyacinth

Muscari

Photo/Illustration: 
Andrew Schulman
Grape hyacinth (Muscari)
muss-KAR-ee
Liliaceae
Small (usually less than a foot tall) bulbous perennials native to the Mediterranean region and southwest Asia make up the genus Muscari. These plants have fleshy leaves and terminal spikes of bell-shaped flowers that look like little bunches of grapes. Most bloom in spring and are a welcome sight early in the year. Mass for best effect.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Small waxy flowers in shades of blue, purple, pink, yellow, and white, and sometimes bicolors. Good spring bloomer. Naturalizes. Can be forced.
Care:  Muscari should be planted 4 inches deep in the fall in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Lift and divide while dormant as needed to maintain vigor.
Propagation: 

Divide or remove offsets when dormant. Sow seed in containers in autumn in a cold frame.

Problems: 

Viruses.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Muscari

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Grape Hyacinth
Muscari armeniacum
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Grape hyacinth
Muscari armeniacum 'Blue Spike'
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Grape hyacinth
Muscari armeniacum 'Fantasy Creation'
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Grape hyacinth
Muscari armeniacum 'Saffier'
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Grape hyacinth
Muscari aucheri 'Blue magic'
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Grape hyacinth
Muscari azureum
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Grape hyacinth
Muscari comosum 'Plumosum'
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Grape hyacinth
Muscari latifolium
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Grape hyacinth
Muscari neglectum 'Valerie Finnis'
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Grape hyacinth
Muscari paradoxum