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Grape Hyacinth 'Valerie Finnis'

Muscari armeniacum

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



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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




This plant is resistant to deer

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:


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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!


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)


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!