Grape Hyacinth

Muscari armeniacum

Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

I think the Grape Hyacinth is one of the most beautiful of the early spring flowering plants. For me it also has sentimental value, for these plants originally grew in my grandparents garden. When they passed away some were transferred to my parents garden, and when I got my own place I grew them in my own garden. Whenever I see these beautiful cobalt-blue flower spikes which attract early insects, especially bumblebees, I remember those who have passed on.

Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

The fragrant flowers of the Grape Hyacinth are a deep cobalt-blue, and shaped and arranged like clusters of grapes, hence the name. The leaves are green and narrow.

Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

It flowers April to May, and it makes for a very attractive garden plant in early spring.

Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

A common garden bulb, which is ideal for containers, raised borders and flowerbeds. Also found naturalised as a garden escape. Most likely a native species. Common and widespread.


Photographs taken April 2015 and March 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire.

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