Grape Hyacinth
Muscari botryoides

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Muscari (mus-KAR-ee) (Info)
Species: botryoides (bot-ROY-dees) (Info)

Category:

Bulbs

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

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:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

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

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Medium Blue

Dark Blue

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Smooth-Textured

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Garberville, California

Murrieta, California

Oak View, California

Canton, Georgia

Louisville, Kentucky

Saint Landry, Louisiana

Mechanicsville, Maryland

Salem, Massachusetts

Okeene, Oklahoma

Summerville, South Carolina

Russellville, Tennessee

Wimberley, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Lakewood, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

Buffalo, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 17, 2014, karlfesel from Wimberley, TX wrote:

These little guys are one of the first signs of spring. They pop up here in Wimberley, Texas the first part of March.

Negative

On Apr 12, 2009, Zone6aPA from Central, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I'm sorry to say that I do not like these little guys! They spread, but they also "clump," and make such dense clumps that they choke out other plants - say, a tulip that may be underneath. They put up long stringy leaves that don't disappear quickly like many other naturalizing spring bulbs.

In the proper setting these would probably be beautiful (an expanse of woodland or the back end of a rolling lawn), but mine are in a formal perennial garden bed. Every year I've dug out armloads of them and they just seem to come back stronger. Baby bulbs are so tiny and I'm sure they reseed as well... I really do feel they're an invasive weed in my flower bed.

Neutral

On Aug 30, 2001, Baa wrote:

Tenacious perennial from Central and South East Europe, carrys narrow spoon shaped bright green leaves up to 10 inches long. Flower spike is tighly packed with small almost spherical bright blue flowers, if you look closely you will see a thin white rim to the edge of each flower.

Seeds everywhere and is great for naturalising in grass. Flowers April - June.

There is also a pure white form which mixes well with the blue.