Grape hyacinth Muscari armeniacum 'Blue Spike' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum 'Blue Spike') muss-KAR-ee ar-men-ee-AY-kum Genus: Muscari These double-flowered grape hyacinths are a good candidate for beds and borders because they increase only by division. They also bloom longer than those that hasten through spring eager to set seed. April-flowering 'Blue Spike' has the largest inflorescence of the species, with fully double flax-blue fluffy heads (each pedicel carries multiple individual flowers instead of one) and narrow, linear leaves. Noteworthy Characteristics: Good early color. Can be forced. Adaptable to various growing conditions, but must have well-drained soil. Care: Likes fertile, moist but well-drained alkaline soil in full sun. Will take part shade. Plant 3 to 4 inches deep in groups or drifts in fall. Lift and divide when dormant in late summer or early fall. Propagation: Divide when dormant; remove offsets in summer; sow seed in containers in a cold frame in fall. Problems: Generally problem free but prone to viruses. Overview Height 6 in. to 12 in. Spread 6 in. to 12 in. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Moderate Characteristics Fragrant Flowers, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring Flower Color Blue, Purple Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Indoor Plant, Cut Flower Style Cottage Garden, Woodland Garden, Rock Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Tolerance Frost Tolerant Type Bulbs Related Plants to Muscari armeniacum 'Blue Spike' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Grape hyacinth Muscari armeniacum 'Fantasy Creation' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Grape hyacinth Muscari azureum 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Grape hyacinth Muscari armeniacum 'Saffier' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Grape hyacinth Muscari comosum 'Plumosum' View the discussion thread.