Yellow Grape Hyacinth
Muscari macrocarpum 'Golden Fragrance'

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Muscari (mus-KAR-ee) (Info)
Species: macrocarpum (ma-kro-KAR-pum) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Fragrance

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Bulbs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California

Columbia, Missouri

Brooklyn, New York

Walworth, New York

Walterville, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 7, 2015, InsaniD from Columbia, MO wrote:

First, all other sources say this is hardy to zone 5, so this entry is incorrect.
Secondly, it is simply a floppy plant, and many sources make note of that. It doesn't matter how much sun it gets; mine is in full, all day sun, no shade at all and it still has floppy foliage and the flowers tend to "lean". I think it is down to most garden soil being too "rich" - this is an Aegean native, with sandy, poor soils...
But the uniqueness of this plant, coupled with the delicious fragrance, make this a gem in MY garden.

Negative

On Feb 26, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Planted this beauty in winter 2009. It started blooming in Feb 2010. Fragrance is delicious but unless you plant a min. of 25 bulbs, it doesn't make much of a statement, IMO. Per Brent & Beckys. it naturalizes but I also intend to plant more in the future to create a fragrant drift.

UPDATE April 2015: did not survive drought of 2011; plus for our area, there are much better choices for delicate, low-growing, early spring blooms, such as coreopsis. Do not recommend for our area. And I still believe you'd have to have a large patch of it for any notoriety.

Positive

On Sep 19, 2008, winterkill from Walworth, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant is far hardier than it is reputed to be, as it acts as a perennial in my Zone 5 garden. It prefers full sun but will grow in a partly shaded area, although it tends to get somewhat spindly and leggy without enough sun. It blooms about the same time as the common blue muscari, and makes a lovely combination when the two are planted together.

Although its appearance might not appeal to everyone, I would recommend growing it for the fragrance alone. The description of these bulbs, which I read at the time of the purchase, describes the fragrance as a cross between banana and gardenia, and I find this description to be quite apt. So whether you grow it for the novelty or the fragrance, this is a very interesting and little known bulb.