Muscari Armeniacum (Grape Hyacinths)

Hyacinth

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  1. Muscari Armeniacum (Grape Hyacinths)
    Height 6-8 Inches. 

    Bulb size: Top Size 8/+ cm.
    Quick Facts:
    Grape hyacinths: small is beautiful Grape hyacinths – the essence of early spring – appear around March/April depending on the variety. Although the deep blue ones are the most familiar, there are other kinds as well. They can also be white, lilac, purple, violet, pink, bicoloured, or various shades of blue. The flower stem of this attractive grape hyacinth bears tightly packed clusters of blue flowers followed by decorative seed pods. Planting is easy The best time to plant them is in October and November. Make planting holes and plant at least 50 bulbs at the same place for a good visual effect. If you bury them under about 4" of soil, success is assured. Once planted in a favourable spot – a sunny to semi-shaded location that stays fairly dry during the winter – they can pop back up year after year. If this naturalising is what you want, choose a variety such as Muscari latifolium. Most of the Muscari varieties are great for naturalizing! Food heaven Grape hyacinths are highly reliable early-flowering bulbs that have an average height of around 6 to 10". Especially during these first days of spring, when few other flowers are in bloom, these plucky little gems are eagerly visited by insects like bees and bumblebees. They provide so much nectar that they are sometimes called ‘nectar filling stations’. Scented grape hyacinths Varieties with extra fragrance include the sweetly scented Muscari armeniacum, Muscari botryoides ‘Album’ white and Muscari ‘Golden Fragrance’. Worth a closer look These little jewels are really worth taking a closer look at. This way, you can see all their little details. And/or pick a few to put in a little vase. Simply beautiful!
    Culture
    Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Plant bulbs about 3” deep and 3” apart in fall. Flowers emerge in early spring. Keep ground moist during the spring growing season, but reduce watering after foliage begins to die back. Although plants of this species go dormant in summer, they produce new leaves in autumn. Naturalizes well by both bulb offsets and, under favorable growing conditions, self-seeding.
    Noteworthy Characteristics
    Muscari armeniacum, commonly called grape hyacinth, is an early spring-blooming bulbous perennial that is native to southeastern Europe (including Armenia). It features conical racemes of slightly fragrant, tightly packed, deep violet blue, urn-shaped flowers atop scapes rising to 8” tall in early spring. Each bulb produces 1-3 scapes with 20-40 flowers per scape. Each flower has a thin white line around the rim. Dense inflorescence purportedly resembles an elongated, upside-down bunch of grapes, hence the common name. Scapes rise up from somewhat floppy clumps of narrow, fleshy, basal, green leaves (to 12” long) that appear in autumn and live through the cold St. Louis winter to spring when the plants flower.
    Problems
    No serious insect or disease problems.
    Garden Uses
    Provides spectacular drifts of color when massed in open areas, around shrubs, under deciduous trees, in the rock garden or in the border front. Also mixes well with other early blooming bulbs. Popular container plant. Also forces easily for winter bloom.
    Common Name: grape hyacinth
    Type: Bulb
    Family: Hyacinthaceae
    Zone: 4 to 8
    Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
    Spread: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
    Bloom Time: April
    Bloom Description: Royal blue with a thin white rim on each bell
    Sun: Full sun to part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Flower: Showy, Fragrant, Good Cut
    Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Black Walnut

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