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Muscari comosum 'Plumosum'

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Muscari (mus-KAR-ee) (Info)
Species: comosum (kom-OH-sum) (Info)
Cultivar: Plumosum

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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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
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:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative LauraSteele On Feb 20, 2011, LauraSteele from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

I planted 6 bulbs in October 2006 and have yet to see a bloom. A few leaves poked their heads out but that's about it. I dug up the bulbs last Spring after they had died back, let them rest over the Summer and replanted them last September. If they don't bloom this Spring, they're outa here. There are plenty of other plants that perform better with a lot less messing around than this one.

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

This is probably the most unusual of the muscaris. It has actually been around for 100's of years. Flowers are whispy, feathery plumes. They reach approx 8" tall. They bloom late spring and are more of a dusty rose color.

Neutral jhyshark On Jun 23, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

This is one odd plant. I got 12 tiny, tiny bulbs for free in 1996. They multiplied like wildfire, but never bloomed until 1999, when I got 2 blossoms. I thought it must be because they just weren't big enough yet. I now have a 2-foot square patch of the leaves, which are at least interesting. Several bloomed in 2001, and 1 in 2003. This year there were about 10 beautiful blooms. I had thought that the reason it didn't bloom much was that it didn't like to have the buds get wet. They would form bud heads at the base of the leaves each year and then these would seem to rot instead of growing. However this year we had nothing but rain for the entire month they were forming the flowers and they were the most beautiful ever. The stems tend to droop sometimes. The leaves are always recurved and concave. I keep thinking I will rip them out, and then they bloom as they did this year, lasting for 2 weeks, and I change my mind.


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

Garberville, California
Chadwick, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Scottville, Michigan
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
, Ontario
Leesburg, Virginia

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