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Grape hyacinth

Muscari azureum

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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 CharacteristicsFragrant. Good early color. Can be forced. Adaptable to various growing conditions, but must have well-drained soil.

CareGenerally 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.

  • Genus : Muscari
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Type : Bulbs
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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