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The P&PDL Picture of the Week
for 29 December 2003



Grape Hyacinth

Mike Dana, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

The grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) is a mid-spring blooming, perennial bulb. Unlike many other spring-blooming bulbs, it makes an excellent landscape plant for the fall and winter landscape. Grape hyacinth foliage dies back following flowering in the early summer, but grows actively again starting in mid-fall. The foliage will persist through the winter. Depending on how severe the winter conditions are and how much protection it receives from snow cover, it may be an attractive element in the winter landscape right up to the time that new growth begins in spring.

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Grape Hyacinth in mid-May

Grape Hyacinth in late November

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