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Blue Grape Hyacinths

At-A-Glance:

  • Hardy Zones: 3-9
  • Spacing: 2"
  • Height: 6-7"
  • Ships As: package of 10 bulbs
  • Full Sun Full Sun
  • Partial Shade Partial Shade
  • Shade Shade
  • Deer resistant Deer resistant
  • Fragrant Fragrant

Blue Grape Hyacinths

Muscari armeniacum

About:

Grape hyacinths are not true hyacinths, although they are closely related and are also in the Lily family, Liliaceae. There are about 30 species, native to the Mediterranean region and western Asia. They have strap-like foliage and grape-like clusters of flowers in shades of blue, violet and white. The Blue Grape Hyacinth, M. armeniacum, has flowers of violet blue that produce a sweet scent.

Planting:

Plant bulbs pointed end up, 3-4” deep and 2” apart in rich, well-draining soil. Although they will grow in shade, they prefer areas with full sun or partial shade. As this is a low-growing plant, set bulbs in large groupings for best effect. Water well.

Maintenance:

Provide moisture during the spring growing season. As with other spring- and summer-blooming bulbs, let the foliage die back on its own, allowing the plants to create energy for next year’s blooms. Foliage should yellow and die back by midsummer. The bulbs often send up another set up of leaves in the autumn. If conditions are right, your Muscari may ‘naturalize,’ or multiply and spread. If bulbs get too crowded, the best time to dig and divide them is in midsummer, after the leaves have yellowed, but are still visible.

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