The Main Plant entry for Grape Hyacinths (Muscari)

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Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs

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Location: Illinois, USDate: 2010-04-15Muscari NOID
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Location: Willow Valley Communities Lakes Campus, Willow Street, Pennsylvania USADate: 2020-04-13
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2019-03-03Grape Hyacinths 004 text
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-04-07
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Location: PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-05-01Muscari
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2013-04-17bulb with attached bulblets
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Location: My garden, Pequea, PA 17565Date: 2016-03-30
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Date: 2018-05-10
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-18
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 21, 2011 11:20 AM

Small bulbs that flower in early spring, well suited for naturalizing at a woodland edge or lining along garden paths and borders. Fragrance often described as 'musky'.
30 species. Originally from the Mediterranean area and SW Asia. Flowers form a dense raceme w/ spike-like appearance.
More vigorous species may become invasive (could be considered an asset as Muscari look best in large, bold groups).
Topdress established clumps w/ bonemeal in spring. Lift and divide when over crowded, Incorporate fresh top soil before re-planting.
Some growers design 'rivers' of blue for spring viewing enjoyment. Useful to make garden designs.
Excellent for forcing over winter. Refrigerator treatment works well. Height in the 3 to 8" range. Leaves 1 to 4.
Color mainly blue, pale to deep navy blue, also whites, a yellow, and a pale pink.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 23, 2013 12:05 AM

"Muscari is a genus of perennial bulbous plants native to Eurasia that produce spikes of dense, most commonly blue, urn-shaped flowers resembling bunches of grapes in the spring. The common name for the genus is grape hyacinth (a name which is also used for the genera Leopoldia and Pseudomuscari). Other common names are baby's breath and bluebell, although these are also used for other plants, particularly Gypsophila and Hyacinthoides (respectively). A number of species of Muscari are used as ornamental garden plants.

They usually have one or more narrow leaves which arise from a bulb. The flowers appear in the spring and form a spike or raceme, being held in a close or loose spiral around a central stalk. The flowers often become less tightly spaced as the flower matures. The flower colour varies from pale blue to a very dark blue, almost black in some cases (albino forms are also known). In some species the upper flowers may be of a different colour and shape to the lower flowers. Individual flowers are composed of six fused tepals forming a spherical to obovoid shape, constricted at the end to form a mouth around which the ends of the tepals show as small lobes or "teeth", which may be of a different colour to the rest of the tepal."

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