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Published In: The Gardeners Dictionary: eighth edition no. 1. 1768. (Gard. Dict. (ed. 8)) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Status: Introduced


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1. Muscari botryoides (L.) Mill. (common grape-hyacinth)

Pl. 103 e, f; Map 426

Aerial stems 10–30 cm long. Leaves 10–25 cm long, 3–8 mm wide, flat. Inflorescences densely crowded. Sterile, terminal flowers few, ascending, with stalks 0.5–5.0 mm long, with blue (rarely white) perianth 2–4 mm long. Fertile flowers with stalks 2–5 mm long at flowering, elongating in fruit, the perianth 4–5 mm long, narrowly urn-shaped to nearly globose, blue (rarely white). 2n=18, 36. April–May.

Introduced, uncommon and widely scattered in Missouri (native of Europe, widely cultivated, and naturalized sporadically in the eastern U.S.). Openings of mesic bottomland forests, old fields, pastures, roadsides, railroads, cemeteries, and other disturbed, mesic areas.

Once established, this species can become quite prolific in some of the open, cutover stream valleys of the Ozarks.



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