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Grape Hyacinth | by Kirt Edblom
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Grape Hyacinth

Taken at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival just West of Woodburn, Oregon. Not all the flowers at the Tulip festival are Tulips there are so many different flowers for everyone to enjoy.

Muscari armeniacum, commonly called grape hyacinth, is an early spring-blooming bulbous perennial that is native to southeastern Europe (including Armenia). It features conical racemes of slightly fragrant, tightly packed, deep violet blue, urn-shaped flowers atop scapes rising to 8” tall in early spring. Each bulb produces 1-3 scapes with 20-40 flowers per scape. Each flower has a thin white line around the rim. Dense inflorescence purportedly resembles an elongated, upside-down bunch of grapes, hence the common name. Scapes rise up from somewhat floppy clumps of narrow, fleshy, basal, green leaves (to 12” long) that appear in autumn and live through the cold winter to spring when the plants flower.

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Taken on April 16, 2017