Common Names: Muscari, Grape Hyacinth

Botanical names: Muscari, (muh-SKAA-ree)

Availability: January through May

Vase life: 5 to 7 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Spikes of dense tiny urn-shaped flowers resembling bunches of grapes. This the reason for the common name grape hyacinth.

Color: Blue

Botanical facts: The name muscari comes from the Greek muschos (musk) referring to the scent.

Design notes: These small delicate flowers work best in fresh water and designed in groupings.

Purchasing hints: Purchase erect turgid spikes with blossoms well attached to the spike. Mascara is very delicate and damages easily. Avoid spike that are shedding blossoms.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the waterline. Cut with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Muscari is an early spring-blooming bulbous perennial that is native to southeastern Europe.