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Scientific Name: Muscari armeniacum
Pronunciation: muss-KAIR-ee ar-mee-nee-AY-kum
Common Name: grape hyacinth
Family Name: Asparagaceae
Plant Type: Flowering pot plant, Herbaceous perennial
Key ID Features: Leaves narrow, basal, to 30 cm long, dying back before summer; florets deep violet blue, urn-shaped (grape-like), slightly fragrant (musky-sweet), 20-40 on conical racemes on scapes rising up to 20 cm in early spring, 1-3 per bulb.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Arching
Form: Oval - vertical, Vase
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.1 - 0.2m
Spread:0.1 - 0.3m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Central / west Asia, Europe
Hardiness Rating: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Landscape Uses: Fragrance, Group or mass planting, Indoor plant, Perennial border, Rock garden, Spring interest
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars shown or on campus may include M. 'Paradoxum', M. 'Pink Sunrise', and M. 'Valerie Finnis'.
grape hyacinth
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Grass-like
Arrangement: Basal
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Acute
Bases: Truncate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Raceme
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:3
Corolla Shape:Urceolate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, Blue, Purple
Flower Scent: Sweet, Musky
Flower Time at Peak: Mar, Apr
Additional Info: Scent of grape juice

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time: May, Jun
Additional Info: Not showy

Bark or Stem Colour: n/a
Organ Modifications: Bulbs

Propagation: Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: Low indoor temperature
Light Level:Medium indoor light level
Maintenance:Low maintenance plant
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant
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