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Grape Hyacinth
Liliaceae
Muscari racemosum


Thunder
Thunder

Liliaceae Family

Muscari Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Starch Hyacinth


Location

Native to southwestern Asia and the Mediterranean region

Physical Description
Bulb growing to 0.3m by 0.1m . It is hardy to zone 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The scented flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile. It is noted for attracting wildlife.


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Half Capsule Seed Division
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Magnolia Division
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Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
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Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

They were in the past (until the second World War) one of the most important dye plants of some of Italy.

Medicinal Uses: The American species Muscari comosum (Mill.) (Feather Hyacinth), or Purse Tassel, has been used, as well as other species of Muscari, for its diuretic and stimulant properties. Comisic acid has been extracted from the bulb, and apparently acts like Saponin.

Food Uses: Bulb - cooked. The bulb is up to 25mm diameter. One report says that the bulb might be poisonous.
The flowers, sprinkled over rhubarb, add a wonderful

scented flavor

The legend as told by Bulfinchs Mythology (1968) quotes Apollo, "Thou diest, Hyacinth, robbed of thy youth by me. Thine is the suffering, mine the crime. Would that I could die for thee! But since that may not be, thou shalt live with me in memory and in song. My lyre shall celebrate thee, my song shall tell thy fate, and thou shalt become a flower inscribed with my regrets."



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