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grape hyacinth,

any plant of the genus Muscari of the family Liliaceae (lilylily,
common name for the Liliaceae, a plant family numbering several thousand species of as many as 300 genera, widely distributed over the earth and particularly abundant in warm temperate and tropical regions.
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 family), low plants with dense spikelike clusters of small, nodding flowers that are usually deep blue. Of more than 50 Old World species several have been successfully cultivated and naturalized in the United States and are especially popular as rock-garden plants. Grape hyacinths are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Liliales, family Liliaceae.

Grape Hyacinth


(Muscari), a genus of herbaceous bulb plants of the family Liliaceae. As the grape hyacinth grows, the bulb sends forth narrow linear leaves and a flower stalk which carries a raceme of flowers. The perianth, corolla-like and urceolate, consists of six connate violet, blue, or, less frequently, white petals, with six recurved denticles. There are about 60 species, found mainly in the Mediterranean region. In the USSR there are 19 species, 18 of which grow in alpine meadows, among shrubs and at the edges of forests in the Caucasus. Some species of grape hyacinth are grown as ornamentals.

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MUSCARI (GRAPE HYACINTH) THE grape hyacinth brings a burst of blue to spring, either crammed into pots or in drifts between deciduous shrubs.
LITTLE grape hyacinths or muscari naturalise readily and are very pretty in a lawn.
TRUE BLUE: Grape Hyacinths have been around in British gardens, in various forms, since Victorian times and seem to be perfectly suited to our cooler, wetter climate.
The bride carried a posy bouquet of white mini calla lilies, white peonies, sweet peas, and purple grape hyacinths, wrapped with ivory satin ribbons and tied with a handkerchief given to the bride by an aunt of the groom.
But daffodils, tulips, fritillarias, hyacinths, trilliums, snowdrops, winter aconites, scillas, crocuses and grape hyacinths are only the beginning of the parade of blooming bulbs.
The show displayed thousands of spring and seasonal flowers including tulip lust, daffodils, oxeye daisies, dianthuses, thymes oxeye daisies, daylilies, dianthuses, pink evening primroses azaleas, irises, rose mallows, shamrocks, hyacinths, snowflakes, violets, cornflowers, columbine, lotus, marigold, rose, bougainvillea, orchid, pansy, phalaenopsis, rudbeckia fulgida, grape hyacinths, cernedia, buttercup, daisy and many others.
Plant lilies and spring- flowering bulbs such as crocus, daffodils and grape hyacinths, but leave tulips until November so as to reduce the risk of the fungal disease tulip fire.
Grape hyacinths thrive in well-drained soil on a sunny site.
Small bulbs, such as crocuses or grape hyacinths (Muscari), are planted 5 inches deep, but check for directions on the package.
Enjoy such pleasureful combinations as daffodils between the plants in a strawberry bed or grape hyacinths put down in the gaps in a vinca bed.
If we look very carefully we see trees in bud, Just waiting to burst forth as they should, The lovely grape hyacinths with leaves so green, From there a blue carpet soon should be seen.
While outside the daffodils, grape hyacinths, crocus and soon tulips are pushing up through the top few inches of soil, (with the misguided notion that it's warm out there