Grape hyacinth Muscari armeniacum 'Saffier' http://www.brentandbeckysbulbs.comPhoto/Illustration: Courtesy of Brent and Becky's Bulbs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum 'Saffier') muss-KAR-ee ar-men-ee-AY-kum Genus: Muscari Grape hyacinths are hardy, easy to grow, and have long-lasting blooms--no garden should be without them. 'Saffier' is a good candidate for beds and borders because it increases only by division. Its strong, rigid flower stalks start celery-green and mature to robust medium-blue blossoms with distinct pale-green lips at the mouth of each floret. The constricted openings prevent access to pollinating insects, resulting in blooms that last a full month and making them excellent cut flowers. Noteworthy Characteristics: Fragrant. 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 High Characteristics Fragrant Flowers, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Late Spring, Spring Flower Color Blue, Purple Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Tolerance Frost Tolerant Type Bulbs Muscari armeniacum 'Saffier'View the discussion thread.