Expert Tips for Growing Grape Hyacinth Flowers

Grape hyacinth bulbs produce purple flower clusters in spring. Learn how to grow them and find out if these blooms appeal to pollinators.

How to Grow Grape Hyacinth Flowers

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A surprising spring display of grape hyacinth flowers

“I spotted a plant in my yard that I’ve never seen before. I had my husband mow around it so I could take a picture (above). Is it a weed?” asks Sandra Scaggs of Granite City, Illinois.

Garden expert Melinda Myers: What a nice surprise to find grape hyacinth growing on your property. Animals usually leave these bulbs alone, but it looks like some two- or four-legged critter planted these in the grass. Some gardeners do intentionally plant these bulbs in the lawn in fall for added spring color. Once the flowers fade you can mow high and these bulbs will return next year. Or dig them up and move them to the garden if you’d rather enjoy them there.

  • Common name: Grape hyacinth
  • Scientific name: Muscari armeniacum
  • Zones: 3 to 9
  • Bloom time: Spring
  • Planting time: Fall
  • Height: 4 to 8 inches
  • Soil: Well draining
  • Light: Full sun to partial shade

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Pollinator Benefits

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Bumblebee on grape hyacinth blooms

Not only is this plant a bee favorite, but butterflies love it, too.

Nothing is more exciting after a long colorless winter than the sight of the first grape hyacinth popping up in the yard. I think the bumblebees agree,” says Birds & Blooms reader Michele Lam.

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Backyard Tip

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Plant grape hyacinth bulbs in fall for spring flowers.

Like many spring blooming bulbs, grape hyacinths do best in full sun. luckily, most trees haven’t leafed out yet, so otherwise shady areas are sunny enough in spring for bulbs.

“Grape hyacinths are unique little flowers. As their name suggests, they do indeed look like small clusters of grapes. It is very pleasing to see these cheerful little purple flowers early in the spring after a long, dull winter. I took this photo in the spring at a nature preserve in LaGrange County, Indiana,” says Birds & Blooms reader Karen Brown.

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Lori Vanover
Lori has 20 years of experience writing and editing home, garden, birding and lifestyle content for several publishers. As Birds & Blooms senior digital editor, she leads a team of writers and editors sharing birding tips and expert gardening advice. Since joining Trusted Media Brands 13 years ago, she has held roles in digital and print, editing magazines and books, curating special interest publications, managing social media accounts, creating digital content and newsletters, and working with the Field Editors—Birds & Blooms network of more than 50 backyard birders. Passionate about animals and nature, Lori has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Communications from the University of Illinois. In 2023, she became certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, and she is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and sits on the organization's Publications Advisory Committee. She frequently checks on her bird feeders while working from home and tests new varieties of perennials, herbs and vegetable plants in her ever-growing backyard gardens.