Dense racemes of bright, blue flowers on dainty stems. The blooms open early in the season, a welcome site for gardeners and pollinators. They can even be picked for indoor display.
Grape Hyacinths or Muscari are great for rockeries, pots, nooks and crannies, along pathways, drifts, grass plantings or at the front of beds. The flowers open late winter to early spring and look brilliant by themselves or planted with Miniature Daffodils.
Plant Grape Hyacinths in a full sun to part shade position, they will flower with just four hours sun a day, and in filtered light. A well drained soil, humus rich is ideal but they will cope in poor soils with good drainage. Water them in, natural rainfall should take care of the rest, you will only need to water them they dry out during growth. The grass like foliage emerges late autumn to winter.
Grape Hyacinth bulbs are best left to naturalise where they will multiply to form nice clumps. Add some general purpose fertiliser as the flowers are forming and again as they are fading to ensure good growth in the coming year.
They are known as Grape Hyacinths because the florets resemble a bunch of grapes; they also have a very light fragrance which is similar to fresh grapes. They are native to Mediterranean Europe and South Western Asia.
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade