starch grape hyacinth
Scientific NameMuscari neglectum
Other Common Names:
common grape hyacinth
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
A bulbous perennial with leaves that resemble onion and are sometimes confused as a grass. They produce spikes of dense purple and blue flowes that resemble grapes.
Leaves are linear in outline, from 5 to 16 inches in length and growing only at the base of the plant. All leaves are hollow.
Resemble onion or garlic but does not have the odor of these species. It has very attractive purple cluster of flowers that grows to about 1 ft in height.
Flower Seed Head
Plants bloom from May to early June. Flower are purple and occur in cluster at the end of leafless stem. Individual flowers are 4 to 7 mm long, and 2 1/2 to 4 mm wide, bottle-shaped and drooping downward.
A capsule that is 7 to 8 mm long.
It prefers fertile, dry or moist soils and cannot grow in full shade. Often utilized as a springtime garden plant. It has escaped cultivation to become a weed of landscapes and some winter cereals in virginia.
prostrate and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval
folded in bud
corm/ enlarged stem/ nutlet