Grape-hyacinth - Muscari neglectum

    Description

    Short hairless plant with 3 to 6 linear leaves.  Flowers very dark blue with white recurved teeth, 3.5 to 7.5 mm long and borne in a dense, spike-like raceme.  

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found on free-draining soils, native or long-naturalised in grasslands, hedgerows, pine plantations and rough ground, and on roadsides on a wide range of nutrient-poor soils. It very occasionally occurs as a short-lived garden escape or outcast near habitation, on roadsides, allotments and waste ground although most garden escapes are of the garden variety Muscari armeniacum.

    When to see it

    Flowers March to May.

    Life History

    Perennial bulbous plant.

    UK Status

    Most common in East Anglia and Oxfordshire but declining even in these areas.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 1 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map