The characteristics of muscari
- Type: flower and flowering plant
- Height: from 0 to 30 cm
- Flower colors: white, blue, purple, sometimes yellow
- Desired exposure: sunny, shaded, semi-shaded
- Type of soil: normal, well drained, rich in humus
- Foliage: spent
- Interview: easy to maintain
- sanitizer: no
- variety: Muscari armeniacum, muscari comosum, muscari azureum…
Origins and peculiarities of muscari
The muscari (muscari armeniacum) is a small flower native to Asia and Mediterranean regions belonging to the Asparagaceae family. We easily recognize the muscari by its clusters of very decorative bells, more commonly blue and purple, but sometimes white, which give off (for certain species) a sometimes musky smell from which it gets its name "muscari".
The hyacinth (another name for muscari) is a flower that grows naturally on roadsides, at the foot of cliffs or on the edge of woods, and it is very easy to plant in a garden to obtain borders, alleys, rock gardens and colored massifs from spring. It is also possible to flower muscari in pots or in a planter to place it on a balcony or terrace, but it is less common.
The good thing about muscari is that it is a plant that is not complicated at all: it is content with any soil, as long as it is sufficiently fertile, fresh, and well drained. In terms of exposure, it's the same: the muscari preferably plants in the sun, but it is quite capable of flourishing in a semi-shaded area. In summary: Muscari couldn't be easier to live with, and is enjoyed almost everywhere.
Besides, it is better to be careful if you plant it in your garden: if it likes, it will tend to spread in less time than it takes to say it, and without your consent!
Regarding the planting season, be sure to plant your muscari bulbs in early fall, around September and October. To obtain beautiful crackles, the small bulbs should be buried in groups in a depth of 5 cm.
Caring for the muscari
Resistant to cold and frost (some species are able to withstand temperatures of -25 ° C), the muscari only needs to be well in its soil. To take advantage of its pretty blue and purple bells, simply let it grow and enjoy its pretty spring bloom!
If you want to see the muscari grow, no need to cut its wilted flowers: this will allow it to naturally reseed and give birth to new flowers each spring.
In order to keep a certain freshness in its beds, it is necessary to thin the tufts every 3 or 4 years. On the other hand, avoid cutting its leaves before the total end of its flowering: this would risk unnecessarily weakening it.
The icing on the cake: the muscari is a flower that has no or almost no need for fertilizer to flourish, and especially no need in terms of watering because it feeds on the slightest humidity.
Although very hardy and rustic, muscari can sometimes be the target of certain viruses carried by aphids, which result in discoloration or striping of its flowers and / or leaves.
If so, you have no choice but to remove the bulbs affected by the virus. Anyway, try to act preventively against the appearance of aphids in the spring.