Grape hyacinth

Muscari neglectum 'Valerie Finnis'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Grape hyacinth (Muscari neglectum 'Valerie Finnis')
muss-KAR-ee nee-GLEK-tum
Genus:  Muscari

This graph hyacinth is a tall, brilliant powder-blue showstopper that shows beautifully with pink-cupped daffodils. Its namesake, Valerie Finnis, was a famous British plantswoman and photographer. 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.

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
Spring
Flower Color
Island Paradise
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Bulbs

Muscari neglectum 'Valerie Finnis'