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PlantFiles: Grape Hyacinth
Muscari botryoides

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

14 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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:

Positive karlfesel 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 Zone6aPA 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 Baa 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.


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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