Neat Grape Hyacinth
Two tone flowers of fancy.
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This is a bicoloured Grape Hyacinth or Muscari variety. The lower part of the flower is deep blue (fertile), almost purple. The top florets are a delightful sky blue (sterile). They are endemic to Turkey where the grow beneath pines.
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 with Miniature Daffodils, Crocus, Galanthus and other early bulbs.
The grass like foliage emerges late autumn to winter.
Plant Grape Hyacinths into 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.
Grape Hyacinth bulbs are best left to naturalise where they will multiply to form nice clumps. Add some general purpose fertiliser or blood and bone 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.
Supplied as: Bulbs
Late winter to early spring
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade