Grape hyacinth

Muscari latifolium

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Grape hyacinth (Muscari latifolium)
muss-KAR-ee lat-ih-FOE-lee-um
Genus:  Muscari
From fleshy leaves arise bell-shaped, purplish blue, sometimes almost black, flowers. Flower heads appear two-toned due to paler crowns, which are sterile flowers. Grape hyacinth is good for naturalizing in gardens or lawns, for forcing or growing in container displays, and for rock gardens.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Dark purple-blue flowers in spring with a two-tone effect. Good early color. Can be forced. Adaptable to various growing conditions, but must have well-drained soil.
Care:  Likes fertile, moist but well-drained 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 is prone to viruses.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Bulbs

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