Grape hyacinth

Muscari aucheri 'Blue magic'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Grape hyacinth (Muscari aucheri 'Blue magic')
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Genus:  Muscari

Grape hyacinths are hardy, easy to grow, and have long-lasting blooms--no garden should be without them. They are particularly spectacular when allowed to naturalize, whether under trees, along a pathway, tucked into ground covers, or in a bed. 'Blue Magic' has a true-blue hue and is great for forcing.

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
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Bulbs

Muscari aucheri 'Blue magic'