Muscari armeniacumDistinctive spikes of bright cobalt blue florets with subtle white rims, like upside-down grape clusters. Fragrant. The most commonly grown grape hyacinth and a great counterpoint to red, yellow, white, salmon, peach… Good for forcing, cutting, naturalizing and filling in the border. Bloomed for us for three weeks in the cool spring of 2016.
The various species of Muscari make attractive borders, edging, or brightly colored filler between other bulbs. They thrive and increase except in damp or shady areas. Divide when dormant in summer. Do not cut the autumn leaves or they will lose vigor.
6–8" tall. Mid Spring blooms, Z4-9. 7-8cm bulbs.
6624 Grape Hyacinth
The Royal General Bulbgrowers Association in Holland (Koninklijke Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur, or KAVB) gives this large group of flowers the name Miscellaneous Bulbs. The expensive catalogs call them specialty or accent bulbs; some call them minor or dwarf bulbs (even though some of the fritillaries are huge!); Louise Beebe Wilder covered most of them in her 1936 classic Adventures with Hardy Bulbs. Whatever you call them, most are uncommonly sweet, delicate, colorful, and completely welcome in spring.
Descriptions and Codes
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