Muscari Botryoides - Hardy Perennial
Author: John Wood
Muscari Botryoides Described.
Muscari Botryoides -
Grape Hyacinth; Nat. Ord. Liliaceæ.
This is a hardy species, somewhat finer than the
more common M. racemosum, from the fact of its richer, bright sky blue flowers.
The form of the Grape Hyacinth is well known, being a very old
garden flower and a great favourite; when it is once planted, it keeps its place,
despite all drawbacks common to a crowded border, with the exception of that
wholesale destroyer, a careless digger; if left undisturbed for a year or two,
it increases to very showy clumps.
The flowers, which are densely arranged on stout spikes 8in. high,
are very small, globular, and narrowed at the opening, where the tiny divisions
are tipped with white. The foliage resembles that of the wood hyacinth, but it
is more rigid, not so broad, and slightly glaucous.
It seems to do best in light earth, and the flowers are finer in colour when
grown in shade, but not too much. Where quantities are available, they may be
used as an edging, nothing looking better in a spring garden.
M. b. alba varies only in the colour of its flowers; the white is somewhat
creamy for a time; it becomes much clearer after a few days, and remains in perfection
for two weeks in ordinary weather. This is a charming variety; grown by the side
of the different blues its beauty is enhanced. It is very effective as a cut
flower, though rather stiff, but if sparingly used it is attractive for bouquets,
whilst for a buttonhole one or two spikes answer admirably.
Flowering period, March to May.
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