Grape Hyacinth (Bellevalia paradoxa)

Botanical names:
Bellevalia paradoxa Accepted
Muscari paradoxum Synonym
Bellevalia acutifolia Synonym
Pseudomuscari acutifolium Synonym
Pseudomuscari paradoxum Synonym
Bellevalia pycnantha Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 8 to 12 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flower Color: Blue
Other: blue-black (opaque) w/ narrow yellow margin
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Uses: Suitable for miniature gardens
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: Other: Heirloom


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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Mar 29, 2012 11:22 AM

Shaped like a miniature X-mas tree, appears similar to Muscari, Distinguished from grape hyacinth by tiny yellow margins at bottom of the diminutive blue black bells. Usually blooms later than Muscari.
With a history back to 1835, considered an heirloom in the garden.
Can be forced over winter.

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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on May 18, 2015 10:09 AM

I didn't love this variety in catalogs, but when I saw it blooming this spring in Aspenhill's garden, I was hooked! The bicolor effect is really yummy, shading from dusky purple blooms near the base to blue-lavender as the blooms open at the top,

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