April 2009 Plant Profile: Muscari armeniacum

A somewhat rampant, but stunningly beautiful spring bloomer when planted in mass, this grape hyacinth creates a stunning drift of blue and once established in the garden, it is relatively care free and comes back reliably each year. In the South Slope of the Soest Garden , it has spread happily and looks absolutely smashing with the dried foliage of Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’) as shown.

Location: South Slope (behind bench underneath Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo))
Family: Hyacinthaceae
Origin: Southeastern Europe
Height: 4-7”
Spread: 2-3 inches per bulb. Naturalizes easily
Bloom Time: Spring
Bloom Color: Pale-Medium Blue/Purple
Sun: Part Sun
Water/Soil: Medium moisture and amended soil with organic matter. Fairly drought tolerant and carefree once established.