Common name: Grape Hyacinth, Armenian Grape Hyacinth
Muscari armeniacum Leichtlin ex Baker APNI*
Description: Erect herb to 45 cm high; bulb 15–30 mm diam.
Leaves 3–8, to 40 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, narrowly channelled.
Scape to 40 cm long; flowers crowded, scented. Fertile flowers with pedicels 2–5 mm long; perianth broad-urceolate, dark blue with paler or white lobes, 4–6 mm long. Sterile flowers with pedicels 1–2 mm long; perianth obovoid, deep blue, 2–4 mm long. Staminal filaments 0.75–1 mm long
Capsule 7–9 mm long, broad-obovoid.
Flowering: Flowers early spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of SE Eur & Asia Minor.
Commonly cultivated as ornamentals in cooler regions, recorded as naturalized in A.C.T., Cooma and Lidsdale districts.
NSW subdivisions: *CT, *ST
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Text by D. C. Godden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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