Muscari Latifolium or Broad-leafed Grape Hyacinth is a unique perennial flowering ornamental plant with stems or spikes with racemes of densely packed bi-coloured blooms. Uppermost portion of the raceme is inhabited by powdery blue, closed blooms and the lower portion is covered with urn-shaped flowerheads deep purple-black colours. Accompanied by broad, strap-like green leaves similar to that of a tulip.
Bi-coloured and fragrant, Muscari Latifolium is easy to grow and rewards gardeners and pollinators alike in the spring season with lovely fragrant flowers, especially when planted in blankets of blooms for the best effect. Great to use at the front of beds or border or in pots, containers, in rockeries and for underplanting around trees and shrubs.
Muscari are commonly known as Grape Hyacinth and it is easy to see why from their spikes of densely packed flowerheads which resemble bunches of grapes, although they are notably not Hyacinths. Muscari typically grow within the height range of 15-20cm, making them delightful accents in beds and borders. Hardy plants that are tolerant of extreme weather, Muscari can overwinter in most environments with ease.
Low-maintenance, Muscari are a bulbous perennial which is easy to grow and naturalises well, especially at the edges of a yard or in woodland areas. Companion plant with tulips and daffodils for vibrant colour contrasts
Muscari should be planted in fertile, well-drained soils in mostly sunny areas and are tolerant of some shade. Plant Muscari approximately 3 times the height of the bulb or about 5-10cm deep and about 5-8cm apart for beds. Muscari are generally shorter plants of about 15-20cm and make great plant for underplanting with taller blooming plants or use in pots and containers for accents to use around patios and walkway areas.
Many Muscari varieties are fragrant and will attract pollinators like birds, bees and butterflies. Muscari typically bloom in the mid to late spring season but can also be some of the earliest blooms of the spring season. In colder climates, mulching is recommended in order to protect that plants from the harsh cold. Planting is recommended from mid-summer to mid-autumn.
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