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Muscari ' Blue spike '

Dutch selection,raised by J.A. van Zanten.

Family:Hyacinthaceae.

-The name of the genus,Muscari,comes from the Greek word for "moschos" meaning 'musk' and refers to the sweet aromatic scent of the flowers which, together with their often deep blue colouring,has made them popular in cultivation.The common name is grape hyacinth,from the way their flowerhead resembles that of a hyacinth.
Grape Hyacinths have been gardened for centuries. They are native to Greece and the Middle East, but have been grown in the UK since 1576 and were very familiar to the Elizabethans, but were likely gardened even in the Greek & Roman ages. An Anglo-Saxon translation of Dioscorides preserves an otherwise forgotten myth of their origin, the first grape hyacinths having sprung from spilled dragon's blood on a forested mountain peak.

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