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Muscari armeniacum (Grape Hyacinth)

Muscari armeniacum Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Muscari armeniacum 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. They are particularly spectacular when allowed to naturalize, whether under trees, along a pathway, tucked into ground covers, or in a bed.
Noteworthy characteristics: Fragrant. Good early color. Can be forced. Adaptable to various growing conditions, but must have well-drained soil.
Care: Plant in full sun in moist, rich, well-drained soil.
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 Low
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Spring; Late Spring; Spring
Flower Color Blue Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Indoor Plant, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest
Type Bulbs

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