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Grape hyacinth

Muscari paradoxum

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

CareLikes 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.

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