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Muscari armeniacum 'Blue Spike' (Grape hyacinth)

Muscari armeniacum 'Blue Spike' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Muscari armeniacum 'Blue Spike' muss-KAR-ee ar-men-ee-AY-kum Common Name: Grape hyacinth Genus: Muscari
These double-flowered grape hyacinths are a good candidate for beds and borders because they increase only by division. They also bloom longer than those that hasten through spring eager to set seed. April-flowering 'Blue Spike' has the largest inflorescence of the species, with fully double flax-blue fluffy heads (each pedicel carries multiple individual flowers instead of one) and narrow, linear leaves.
Noteworthy characteristics: 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 Moderate
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Spring; 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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