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Muscari azureum

Grape hyacinth

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Muscari azureum
  • Common name: Grape hyacinth
  • Family: Hyacinthaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb
Flower colour:

Blue

Foliage colour:

Green

Grape hyacinths are spring flowering bulb with blue flowers that look like tiny bunches of grapes. They are extremely attractive to spring-flying pollinators, particularly the hairy footed flower bee, Anthophora plumipes.

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Muscari azureum is a Turkish grape hyacinth. It’s flowers are gathered in the characteristic rugby-ball shape in an attractive soft blue, sometimes with darker stripes. It sprawls less than other muscari varieties and may be grown in rock gardens without smothering its neighbours, although it can also be naturalised in grass. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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For best results grow Muscari azureum in moist but well-drained soil in sun or shade.

How to grow Muscari azureum

  • Plant size

    10cm height

    5cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do Divide in June

Do Divide in July

Do Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Muscari azureum and wildlife

Muscari azureum is known for attracting bees. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Muscari azureum poisonous?

Muscari azureum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People