Feather Hyacinth Plants – Tips For Planting Feathered Grape Hyacinth Bulbs
By: Teo Spengler
Bright and cheery, grapehyacinths are bulb plants producing purple colored flowers in early springgardens. They can also be forcedindoors. The feather hyacinth, aka tassel hyacinth plant (Muscari comosum ‘Plumosum’ syn. Leopoldia comosa), can add another cooltextural element since the blossoms are feathery plumes rather than classicpetals.
If you have some feathered grape hyacinth bulbs and areready to go, you’ll want to know how to grow a Muscari feather hyacinth. Readon for information about these plants, including tips on their care.
About Feather Hyacinth Plants
Muscari plants are popular, easy-grow bulbs that producepink, white or deep lavender flowers. If you want something above and beyondwhat everyone else is planting, buy feather grape hyacinth bulbs instead.
Feather hyacinth plants are closely related to regular grapehyacinths, but their flowers do not look like any other Muscari. The floweringracemes look like violet plumes rather than flowers. Consisting of fine,feathery threads, the blooms seem to float above their grassy foliage, eachbetween 8 and 12 inches (20-30 cm.) tall.
On the other hand, feathered grape hyacinth bulbs closelyresemble other Muscari bulbs. They look like small white onions. Each is about2 inches (2.5 cm.) in diameter, about the width of a half-dollar coin.
You’ll need approximately nine bulbs for every square foot(30 cm.) of flower bed. If left to their own devices, they will oftennaturalize in the area and keep blooming year after year in spring.
Care of Feather Hyacinths
If you are wondering how to grow a Muscari feather hyacinth,it isn’t any harder than other bulb plants. You’ll need feathered grapehyacinth bulbs and cultivated, well-draining soil. These bulbs are hardy downto U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 4.
Plant the bulbs about 5 inches (13 cm.) deep and 3 to 4inches (7.6-10 cm.) apart. They should be planted pointytip up in an area that gets some sun and some shade. They bloom in April orMay.
To take care of feather hyacinths, provide water a few timesa week and fertilize with bulb food once a year. In cooler climates, mulch thesoil in the bed where the feather hyacinth plants are situated.
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Hyacinths and Daffodils in Action:
As you can see, Daffodil Bulbs are larger than Grape Hyacinth bulbs and should be planted deeper. We refer to this layering technique as 'lasagna planting' it can be done either in a container or directly in the ground. While these two bloom at the same time, you can also layer bulbs with different bloom times to ensure a colorful display throughout the entire season.
One of the reasons that daffodils and hyacinths are such a sure bet in your landscape, is that they follow one of art's safest color-combining strategies: using Complementary Colors. Yellow daffodils and purple hyacinths lie directly across from one another on the 'color wheel'. Of course, as you'll see below, rules are meant to be broken!
Grape hyacinths are another great choice for pairing with daffodils. Unlike their regular hyacinth 'cousins', these plants are part of the muscari family. Their tightly-packed blooms resemble a bunch of grapes the name Muscari, however, comes from the Greek for musk, as these beautiful, small edging plants carry a sweet scent. But if you're looking for a strong and noticeable fragrance in your garden, choose regular hyacinths!
Daffodils & Pink Hyacinths
Another favorite choice for pairing with daffodils are any one of the multitude of colors available. Perhaps your garden would do better with a pop of pink or classic white? No problem! In the modern world of plant breeding, you're able to craft a color combintaion with your daffodils that speaks to your personality, design concept, or whim of the moment. Whatever you'd like to say, you can definitely say it with hyacinths!
Another great option is to plant a colorful mix! Instead of going for the classic combination with your daffodil planting, you can always choose to put in a hyacinth marriage made of many varied colors, all due to come into bloom at the same time.
True Blue, not purple, is the hallmark of this beauty. The rarest color in flowers makes this hyacinth a stunner. (Hyacinthus orientalis).
The Plant Guide
Grape hyacinths are hardy, easy to grow, and have long-lasting blooms–no garden should be without them. This species, also known as the feather hyacinth, has slender airy filaments and resembles a red-violet plume. It’s completely unlike its grapy cousins in color and form, and makes a good, 10-inch cut flower. The bulbs themselves have a distinct pink color and produce toothlike bulblets that grow to flowering size in just one season.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsAdaptable to various growing conditions, but must have well-drained soil.
CareLikes fertile, moist but well-drained alkaline soil in full sun. Will take part shade. Plant 3 to 4 inches deep in groups or drifts in fall. Lift and divide when dormant in late summer or early fall.
Propagation Divide when dormant remove offsets in summer sow seed in containers in a cold frame in fall.
Problems Generally problem free but prone to viruses.
- Genus : Muscari
- Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
- Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
- Plant Type : Bulbs
- Uses : Containers
- Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest