Synonyms of Muscari armeniacum (23) (Last updated on 11-16-22 from Plants of the World Online): Bellevalia aperta (Freyn & Conrath) Grossh. (1928), Botryanthus micranthus Baker (1878), Botryanthus szovitsianus Baker (1878), Muscari alexandrae A.P.Khokhr. (1991), Muscari apertum Freyn & Conrath (1896), Muscari argaei Anon. (1883), Muscari argaei f. album Tubergen (1935), Muscari colchicum Grossh. (1933), Muscari concinnum Baker (1878), Muscari conicum Baker (1878), Muscari cyaneoviolaceum Turrill (1934), Muscari elegantulum Schchian (1953), Muscari maweanum Baker (1889), Muscari micranthum Baker (1878), Muscari pauperulum Stapf (1885), Muscari pendulum Trautv. (1873), Muscari polyanthum Boiss. (1882, Muscari pyramidatum Velen. (1891), Muscari schliemannii Freyn & Asch. (1885), Muscari sosnowskyi Schchian (1946), Muscari szovitsianum Baker (1878), Muscari woronowii Tron & Losinsk. (1935), Pseudomuscari apertum (Freyn & Conrath) Garbari (1971)
Muscari armeniacum H.J.Veitch is the accepted scientific name for this species of Muscari. It was named and described as such by Henry Veitch in Garden in 1872. Many websites and databases say the species was first named and described by John Gilbert Baker in Garden Chronicles in 1878, but Mr. Veitch preceded Baker’s description in 1872.
The genus, Muscari Mill., was named and described as such by Philip Miller in the fourth edition of Gardeners Dictionary in 1754.
As of 11-16-22 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 76 species in the Muscari genus. It is a member of the plant family Asparagaceae with 120 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.
Almost every place I have ever lived there have been Grape Hyacinths growing in the yard. We really don’t think about them that often in our day-to-day lives because most of the time, we don’t even notice them. They are dormant most of the time when we work in our flower beds or mow the yard. There are a few good-sized clusters here, so when I mow, I try to go around them. There are a few stragglers in the yard, however, that do get mowed over. Often times when I am digging in the flower beds, I will dig up bulbs by accident.
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ZONES: USDA Zones 4-8
FLOWERS: Blue flowers in April
LIGHT: Full sun to part shade
After they flower in the spring, the bulb goes dormant and then the leaves return in early autumn. They spread nicely through offsets and are not invasive. How could something as small as Muscari be invasive anyway?
There are many cultivars available in various shades of blue, white, and pink. I think maybe I should buy some of the other colors.
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