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Muscari paradoxum (Grape hyacinth)

Muscari paradoxum Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Muscari paradoxum muss-KAR-ee pare-ah-DOKS-um Common Name: Grape hyacinth Synonyms: Bellevalia pycnantha Genus: Muscari
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 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 Moderate
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Late Spring; Spring
Flower Color Blue Flower; Purple/ Lavender 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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