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Grape hyacinth

Muscari latifolium

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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 CharacteristicsDark 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.

CareLikes 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.

PropagationDivide when dormant; remove offsets in summer; sow seed in containers in a cold frame in fall.

ProblemsGenerally problem free but is prone to viruses.

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