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Muscari latifolium, Grape Hyacinth

Muscari latifolium is the species of grape hyacinth is a perennial bulb that is perhaps the largest of the muscaris, typically growing to 12” tall. It is distinguished by the fact that each bulb produces a single bicolored flower raceme that is encircled at the base by a solitary basal leaf. Each scape is topped in early spring by a conical raceme (to 2.5” long) of tightly packed, urn-shaped flowers. The lower fertile flowers on the plant are dark violet and the upper sterile flowers are a soft violet-blue, giving each plant a two-tone effect. They resemble an elongated, upside-down bunch of grapes, hence the common name.

Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) look especially well amongst Tulips and Daffodils. These clusters of bell-shaped flowers emit a sweet fragrance. They may be planted anywhere in your landscape, in sun or shade, along borders, in groups along a fence or around a tree or mailbox. Grape Hyacinths look best in mass plantings. They make good container plants and can be forced for indoor blooming with the proper treatment. They tend to multiply quickly when planted in good soils.

Plant Details +

Height 6-12"
Spacing 4"
Hardiness Hardy to Zone 3-8
Exposure Full Sun-Partial Shade
Foliage Green
Flower Dark Violet to Soft Violet Blue
Bloomtime Mid Spring

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: This product should be planted immediately after received in the fall. In extremely warm climates, plant when the ground cools. You may plant earlier or later as long as the ground is not too warm or frozen. 1. Dig a hole 4" deep. 2. Set the bulbs firmly in place, with the pointed ends facing upward. 3. Cover the bulbs with soil and water thoroughly. Grow in sun in informal groupings of 5 or more bulbs. Plant the bulbs in the fall 4" deep, or two times the height of the bulb, and 4" apart in well-drained soil with plenty of humus. Remove old flowers leaving as much stem and foliage as possible until they die down. In cold climates, bulbs may be planted from late summer until ground freezes. In warm climates that are frost free, plant in late fall. Water thoroughly after planting and fertilize each spring thereafter.