Grape hyacinth

Muscari paradoxum

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Grape hyacinth (Muscari paradoxum)
muss-KAR-ee pare-ah-DOKS-um
Synonyms:  Bellevalia pycnantha
Genus:  Muscari
The flowers of this grape hyacinth are stunning, reaching 8 to 12 inches tall. The blossoms burst in April and May, with yellow-rimmed opaque blue-black skirts tapering to a perfect conical shape, which is set off by glaucous deep green foliage. Grape hyacinths are hardy, easy to grow, and have long-lasting blooms--no garden should be without them.
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
Blue Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Naturalizing,
Indoor Plant
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Bulbs

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