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Hyacinths: Muscari armeniacum 'Cantab'

Botanical name: Muscari armeniacum 'Cantab'

Common name: grape-hyacinth

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 4a thru 8b

deer resistant, poisonous

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Muscari armeniacum 'Cantab' is a grape-hyacinth with self control. It has a shorter growth habit, producing compact flower columns more like a true hyacinth. The late blooming, sweetly scented flowers offer a welcome daub of light blue when other muscari and hyacinths are withering away. Grape-hyacinths thrive in sunny and semi shady pockets as a companion for other spring bulbs, early annuals and perennials or as a spring groundcover. Many Muscari species produce their foliage in the fall so don't panic at the sight of these early birds popping up before the first snow. 4-6 inches tall. Intriguing companions include red-leafed bergenias, Helleborus foetidus and golden sedges. Plant bulbs about 3” deep and 3” apart in fall. Flowers emerge in early spring. Keep ground moist during the spring growing season, but reduce watering after foliage begins to die back. Although plants of this species go dormant in summer, they produce new leaves in autumn. Naturalizes well by both bulb offsets and, under favorable growing conditions, self-seeding. No serious insect or disease problems. --edited by dtd siegelgirl


Native to: Western Asia: Iran, Turkey; Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia; Southeastern Europe: Bulgaria, Former Yugoslavia, Greece.

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