Grape hyacinth

Muscari azureum

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Grape hyacinth (Muscari azureum)
muss-KAR-ee ah-ZURE-ee-um
Synonyms:  Hyacinthus azureus
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. This species blooms early, in March in some areas. It has sky-blue frilled bells with indigo stripes. Although the blossoms aren't long-lived, they self-sow freely, providing more flowers to enjoy the following year.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Fragrant. Good early color. Can be forced. Adaptable to various growing conditions, but must have well-drained soil.
Care:  Generally problem free but prone to viruses.
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,
Spring
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Naturalizing,
Indoor Plant
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Bulbs

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