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PlantFiles: Grape Hyacinth
Muscari armeniacum 'Valerie Finnis'

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Muscari (mus-KAR-ee) (Info)
Species: armeniacum (ar-men-ee-AH-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Valerie Finnis

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

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:

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Terri1948 On May 8, 2011, Terri1948 from Yorkshire

My 'Valerie Finnis' Muscari's were the first to begin putting out foliage. The other Muscari's had been flowering for some time before there were buds on this one. Then, once in bloom the flowers lasted for weeks and looked amazing.

Neutral vossner On Mar 20, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Even though I planted in front of bed, the lovely pale blue blooms can get lost. Might show better if potted. As described everywhere, it is a fairly short/small plant. I planted 25 bulbs and the clump doesn't look like much. A sea of 500 bulbs would be lovely!

Neutral smiln32 On Dec 4, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

A neat story about this plant: The name Valerie Finnis is after Lady Scott, wife of Sir David Scott. The unusual muscari appeared inexplicably in her English garden. Though Lady Scott was world-famed for discovering sports & variants worthy of commercial cultivation, with her name today attached to several species, this one she could not recall ever having obtained. As her equally garden-loving husband had recently died, it was never known if he had planted something unusual, or if so where he may have gotten them. (from: Paghat's Garden)

Neutral Baa On Apr 6, 2004, Baa wrote:

A cultivar Muscari with pale, powder blue flowers with white rims.

Flowers March to April

Loves a well drained but moist soil in full sun where it will multiply happily. Probably won't come true from seed but should produce more than enough bulbs!


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

Garberville, California
San Leandro, California
Winnetka, Illinois
Elkton, Maryland
Florence, Mississippi
Alexander, New York
Belfield, North Dakota
Coshocton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Grants Pass, Oregon
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington

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