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Muscari armeniacum

 
Muscari armeniacum
grape hyacinth

Common name grape hyacinth
Family hyacinthaceae
Life cycle perennial bulb (Z3-9)
Flowers blue (April)
Size 4"
Light sun-part shade
From seed self-seeds in our garden

With zero effort, you too can have pretty blue flowers in early spring! I don't recall where our first grape hyacinths came from, but since then they have multiplied nicely, scattering themselves around our tough-on-plants driveway border. They put up their foliage in late fall, which persists through the winter. Then in early spring, a few weeks after the first crocus, the grapey flowers appear. Shortly thereafter, the foliage dies away relatively gracefully - not nearly as much of an aesthetic problem as tulips and daffodils.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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