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Muscari Botryoides - Hardy Perennial

Author: John Wood

Muscari Botryoides - Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers

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.

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Muscari Botryoides

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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