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Muscari neglectum

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Muscari (mus-KAR-ee) (Info)
Species: neglectum (nay-GLEK-tum) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive htop On Mar 31, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Sothern grape hyacinth is an introduced native plant and inhabits many states besides Texas. I planted these for the first time this year (2005). They bloomed very well and I hope that they spread next year. The ones in part shade did better than those that received more sun.

Update: 3/07/06 These have naturalized very well and I have about 3 times as many as I had planted last year. I have been very pleased with them. They are blooming now and have taken no special care. They make excellent border plants and never died back all year. They did look a bit limpish during the drought we have been experiencing and extraordinarily hot summer and fall.

Positive nick89 On Mar 12, 2005, nick89 from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

A species of grape hyacinth that is widely naturalized in the South. Leaves appear in fall, preceding early spring flowers. Very tough and easy to grow, it will do well as far south as northern areas of zone 8.


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

Hazel Green, Alabama
New Market, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Garberville, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Royston, Georgia
Covington, Kentucky
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Cole Camp, Missouri
Joplin, Missouri
Henderson, North Carolina
Norlina, North Carolina
Wilsons Mills, North Carolina
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Edmond, Oklahoma
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Desoto, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lipan, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santo, Texas
Blacksburg, Virginia
Chesapeake, Virginia

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