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Muscari botryoides - (L.)Mill.

Common Name Italian Grape Hyacinth, Common grape hyacinth, White Grape Hyacinth
Family Hyacinthaceae
USDA hardiness 3-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Meadows, thickets and roadsides in Eastern N. America, where it is a garden escape[235].
Range C. and S.E. Europe.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Muscari botryoides Italian Grape Hyacinth, Common grape hyacinth, White Grape Hyacinth


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Muscari botryoides Italian Grape Hyacinth, Common grape hyacinth, White Grape Hyacinth
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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Mid spring. Form: Irregular or sprawling.


Physical Characteristics

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Muscari botryoides is a BULB growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Lawn;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers
Edible Uses:

The flowers and flower buds can be pickled in vinegar[183].

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Massing, Rock garden, Specimen. A very easily grown plant[200], it prefers a rich open well-drained soil[1] but succeeds in any soil and situation[1, 42, 90]. The dormant bulbs are very hardy and will withstand soil temperatures down to at least -10°c[214]. Does very well in short grass[1], increasing freely and it can become invasive[200]. There are some named forms, selected for their ornamental value[200]. The flowers have a scent that resembles the honey-musk scent of buddleia[245]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Naturalizing, Fragrant flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a greenhouse[200]. The seed can also be sown in early spring in a greenhouse. A good proportion of the seed usually germinates within 2 - 3 months. Sow the seed thinly so that the seedlings can be left undisturbed in the pot for their first year of growth. Give them an occasional liquid feed in the growing season to ensure they do not become nutrient deficient. When the plants become dormant in late summer, pot up the small bulbs placing 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another one or two years in the greenhouse before planting them out when they are dormant in late summer. Division of offsets in July/August after the leaves die down[1]. It can be done every other year if a quick increase is required[1]. Larger bulbs can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on in a cold frame for a year before planting them out when they are dormant in late summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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