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Muscari armeniacum 'Saffier' (Grape hyacinth)

Muscari armeniacum 'Saffier' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brent and Becky's Bulbs


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Muscari armeniacum 'Saffier' muss-KAR-ee ar-men-ee-AY-kum Common Name: Grape hyacinth Genus: Muscari
Grape hyacinths are hardy, easy to grow, and have long-lasting blooms--no garden should be without them. 'Saffier' is a good candidate for beds and borders because it increases only by division. Its strong, rigid flower stalks start celery-green and mature to robust medium-blue blossoms with distinct pale-green lips at the mouth of each floret. The constricted openings prevent access to pollinating insects, resulting in blooms that last a full month and making them excellent cut flowers.
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.


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 High
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Late Spring; Spring
Flower Color Blue Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Indoor Plant
Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest
Type Bulbs

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