pretty petals – muscari (grape hyacinth)

March 13, 2014

This fun little bulb flower is a favourite of ours this time of the year.  Its dainty flowers reminds us of spring!  The Muscari is a blue flower that varies from pale shades to extremely dark (almost black).  It gets its common name, grape hyacinth, because of its resemblance to a bunch of grapes.  The flower stocks can reach lengths of up to 8” – you will notice that as the flower grows towards maturity, the florets become more spaced apart.

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If muscari is a flower that you would like to have in your garden, it is a bulb that must be planted in the fall.  It will pop its head out in early spring along with the crocus. Muscari are not often used in handtied bouquets because their stems are generally too short and very fragile.  They do, however, preform beautifully in a boutonniere, in an arrangement that uses floral foam, or in a small bridal posie. We generally sell muscari in the potted bulb form so that you can enjoy them from the small bud stage right through to maturity (over about a 3 week period). In the cut form, they have a much shorter vase life.

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The floral trends over the last few years have taken a turn for the delicate and tiny.  Muscari most certainly suits this trend – it is a beautiful compliment to dainty flowers such as ranunculus, anemones, thistle, and sweetheart roses.  Muscari is also one of the few flowers available in the floral industry that is a true blue colour.  We avoid dyed blue flowers at the studio, so muscari has become a go-to for that cool shade.

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Potted bulbs are abundant in flower shops right now, so bring a bit of spring inside.  It doesn’t seem like we are going to get rid of this Southern Ontario snow anytime soon!