Grape Hyacinth - Starch Grape Hyacinth
Muscari neglectum Gussone ex Tenore
Hyacinthaceae (Hyacinth) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth, perennial from a bulb. Preferred habitat is old fields, lawns and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are linear; narrow and almost round in cross section (like an onion blade).

Flowers are dark purple; oval in outline and borne in a dense bell-like, bracted, raceme at the end of a round stem (resembling a bunch of grapes).

Fruit is a capsule.

These plants came to North America from Eurasia and have been naturalized throughout most of the southeast. New growth emerges from bulbs produced in the spring that have lain dormant until the following year.

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