Muscari latifolium

grape hyacinth

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Outstanding Qualities

Muscari latifolium is one of those plants that announce spring has arrived! This grape hyacinth is a bicolor and is quite eye catching. A bulbous perennial, Muscari latifolium, sends up a solitary, mid-green, lance shaped leaf that is 3 to 12 inches in size. Come March it sends up a 2 .5 inch dense raceme of urn-shaped flowers. The flowers at the top are light blue while those at the bottom are a dark violet. Muscari latifolium looks great when used as an underplanting for species tulips such as Tulipa culsiana. This plant also works well planted in gravel strips, under deciduous trees and between later season perennials like hostas.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, silver, gold

Great Color Partners: pink, purple, dark green

Culture Notes
This non-invasive grape hyacinth grows best in moist to well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites or clay. Plant it in a location with full sun. New bulbs should be planted in fall. Established clumps can be divided once the foliage begins to yellow in early summer. Once established it is drought tolerant.