Muscari

Common Name – Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

Plant Identification

Genus: Muscari
Family: Liliaceae (Hyacinthaceae)
Species: Armeniacum
Plant type: Bulb. Small, tunicated round bulbs; winter-growing, summer-dormant.
Variety: Several species or hybrids are available.
Note: Small, tunicated round bulbs; winter-growing, summer-dormant. Dense, slender spikes of small, bell-shaped flowers are borne along stems 15-25cm tall. They are usually deep blue but may be mauve, purple or white, depending on species or hybrid. Most are pleasantly scented. Foliage is grass-like, narrow and fleshy.  Plant the bulbs only in autumn, about 5cm deep and 5cm apart. In pots they should be spaced closer.

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Muscari

Muscari

Muscari

Muscari

Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: Dense, slender spikes of small, bell-shaped flowers
Colour: deep blue but may be mauve, purple or white
Flowering time: Late winter, early spring
Flower size:
Fragrance: Musky fragrance
Height: 20cm
Width:8cm
Foliage description: Foliage is grass-like, narrow and fleshy
Foliage colour: green

Plant Requirements

Light preference: light, dappled or partial shade
Watering: Keep bulbs constantly moist at root level
Temperature:
Soil requirements: Rich, well-drained and adequately composted soil.
Fertilisation:
Pruning: n/a

Other Information

Insects:
Diseases:
Propogation: If muscari is kept constantly moist at root level, they will not only flower profusely but will multiply naturally by forming offsets.
Other notes: Grape hyacinths may be left in the same spot for three years or until they become over-crowded. Lift the bulbs at the onset of dormany in early summer and store them until the next autumn.

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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