Grape hyacinth

Muscari comosum 'Plumosum'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Brent and Becky's Bulbs
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Grape hyacinth (Muscari comosum 'Plumosum')
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Genus:  Muscari
Grape hyacinths are hardy, easy to grow, and have long-lasting blooms--no garden should be without them. This species, also known as the feather hyacinth, has slender airy filaments and resembles a red-violet plume. It's completely unlike its grapy cousins in color and form, and makes a good, 10-inch cut flower. The bulbs themselves have a distinct pink color and produce toothlike bulblets that grow to flowering size in just one season.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  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
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Indoor Plant,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Bulbs

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