Grape hyacinth

Muscari armeniacum 'Valerie Finnis'

Grape hyacinth - Muscari armeniacum  'Valerie Finnis'

Common Name: Grape hyacinth
Genus: Muscari
Species: armeniacum
Cultivar: 'Valerie Finnis'

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, Good for a rock garden

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.15 m (15 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.10 m (10 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: March

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Named after the distinguished horticulturalist who mysteriously 'found' it in her garden. this is a delightful relatively new (2000) variety. It produces densely packed spikes of scented powder-blue flowers on upright fleshy stems in March. The flowers are sterile so it is not as invasive as many of the other grape hyacinths but it will slowly spread and naturalise in open fields and meadows. In cultivated areas use it in alpine beds and pots where you can enjoy their delicate form or use them in big numbers as edging.

  • Garden care: Plant 10cm (4in) deep in naturalistic groups in autumn. During summer when the bulbs are dormant lift and divide groups that are becoming congested.


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