Grape Hyacinths are so named because their clusters of small, bell-shaped,
cobalt-blue flowers look like clusters of upside-down grapes. There is a
famous planting of them at the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland which is known as
the Blue River. This is a dense planting of Muscari armeniacum that winds
through the Gardens, past trees, shrubs, and other spring flowers. Year after
year, this is one of the most photographed scenes in this park.An additional
benefit is that all Muscari have a lovely fragrance. The more you plant, the
more fragrance you get. Conical racemes of slightly fragrant, tightly packed,
bell-shaped, cobalt blue flowers having a thin white line around the rim of
each bell are borne on 6-9" scapes. Each bulb produces 1-3 flower scapes.
Clumps of narrow, fleshy, somewhat floppy, basal leaves up to 12" long appear
in autumn and live through the cold of winter. Flower scapes emerge in early
Identification credit: Thingnam Sophia
Photographed in Mussoorie & Kashmir.
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