This perennial is native to the Mediterranean and southwestern Asia. Grape-like clusters form on 4 – 8 inch spikes in blue, yellow or white rising out of clumps of grassy leaves. Some species are fragrant.
Bulbs are planted 2 inches deep and 3 inches apart in early fall. Prepare the planting area with well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Water regularly during growth and bloom. The plants are long lived. After several years the plants become crowded and can be divided to share with friends and neighbors. Plants may even self-sow under the right conditions. After a short summer dormancy, new leaves form out of the clump and live through the winter only to bloom again in the spring.
Grape hyacinth create a nice border edging with other spring blooming bulbs and perennials or can be scattered across planting beds, rock gardens or under trees. The contrast is beautiful in just about any color combination.
Contributed by Joan Nusbaum, Colorado Master Gardener. For answers to your horticultural questions, contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 636.8921 or CSUmg2@elpasoco.com.
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