MUSCARI LATIFOLIUM GRAPE HYACINTHS TWO TONE BLUE
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The two-tone blue flowers of Latifolium Grape Hyacinth, partner beautifully with small Daffodils, Pansies and other spring flowering plants. Native from Southeastern Europe to the Caucasus, this hardy bulbous perennial is also great for naturalising and for adding a splash of cool colour to spring containers. Most grape hyacinths are so reliable and undemanding that they are taken for granted. They need no special care and once planted, will flower and spread easily.
This is such a great little plant in the Summer of 2005 it was voted as the international flower bulb centre’s flower of the year. The bottom two thirds of the flowers are coloured a very dark blue and appear near black in certain lights. Each spike is topped by a tuft of striking bright blue flowers giving it a two-tone effect. Its leaves are broader and flatter than most other grape hyacinths and they tend to wrap themselves around the stem of each flower rather than just up. It is a small plant that packs a big punch when planted in big naturalistic drifts. Mix it with other Spring flowers in an orchard or meadow. Try planting it with the Hoop Petticoat Daffodil for great colour contrast. Alternatively cram loads into a pot and place it on a sunny patio.
Muscari Latifolium has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (agm) which is for plants of outstanding excellence.
Grape Hyacinths prefer sun or light shade and well-drained but fertile soil. They look best planted in masses among other spring bulbs. Though they are small, they can be cut and look sweet clustered into tiny vases. They are also ideal for winter forcing. They can also be planted in pots, try planting them in a pot with tête á tête for a georgeous combination.
Plant bulbs 3-4” deep in clusters.