Grape Hyacinth Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy Grape Hyacinth (Muscari comosum ‘Plumosum’) make a striking statement in the spring garden. Fragrant clouds of frilly lavender-purple blooms add an unusual, but easy-to-grow presence in your garden. At 8-10” tall, and blooming from mid-to-late spring, they are striking when grown along a perennial bed. They also add a bright, fresh look to a border of daffodils and tulips. Cotton Candy are hardy, deer and squirrel resistant flowers that will make your garden shine.
Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Good for Cut Flowers
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
Mature Plant Size 8-10" tall
Bulb Spacing 12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Late Spring
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Size Bag of 12
SKU HC008535

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Cotton Candy Grape Hyacinth (Muscari comosum ‘Plumosum’) arrive in spring with a cloud of fragrant lavender blooms. The unusual feathery florets, like spun cotton candy, arrive in mid-spring. At 8-10" tall, they can be a focal point in your garden if planted in tight groupings or use them to jazz up a hum-drum section of your garden. These unusual flowers were reportedly favorites of Thomas Jefferson and still bloom at Monticello. They will naturalize when happy, creating spring drifts of fragrant color. Plant Cotton Candy Grape Hyacinth in well-drained, compost enriched soil in a sun or partial shade location. Good sources of spring pollen for pollinators, they make lovely cut flowers as well.
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SKU
HC008535
Common Name
Grape Hyacinth Cotton Candy
Botanical Name
Muscari comosum Plumosum
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Purple
Height
12 inches
Mature Height
8-10" tall
Bulb Spacing
12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Flower Bulb Size
8-9 cm
Planting Depth
Plant 2-4" deep
Bloom Time
Late Spring - Early Summer
Bloom Time
Late Spring
Advantages
Good for Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20"
Soil Type
Average Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Item Package Size
Bag of 12
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Fall
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides

Tips on Growing Fall Planted Flower Bulbs

When you receive your spring bulbs (tulips, daffodils, etc.) keep them in a dry, dark, cool place until ready to plant. They need air circulation so they will not collect moisture and rot. Planting times can vary from early October in the North to mid-to-late November in the southern regions. A good rule of thumb is to plant them about 6 weeks before the ground is frozen or after the first hard freeze. For more information and a planting depth illustration, see pages 14-16 of our Planting Guide.

Soil Preparation for Bulbs

A compost-enriched, well-drained soil is best. Incorporate a good quality organic compost as needed. Yum Yum Mix® is recommended as an excellent source of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium needed for strong plants and healthy roots. Mix a small amount into the bottom of the hole before planting your bulbs.

Many bulbs prefer full sun exposure. However, Muscaria, Allium, Galanthus, Hyacinthoides, Scilla and many Daffodils will tolerate partial shade and bloom well. Pink daffodils will hold their color longer if planted in dappled shade or morning sun/afternoon shade.

After planting, add a top dressing of compost or other organic material and water in thoroughly. If your winter is dry, water every three to four weeks throughout the winter and add more mulch if necessary.

Protect your Bulbs

Apply a mole or gopher repellent to the surface of the ground to protect bulbs from these burrowing mammals. As bulbs sprout, use our Deer Off Repellent to prevent deer and rabbits from browsing your spring blooms.

After your Bulbs have Bloomed

Once your bulbs have bloomed, allow the bulb foliage to brown and fade naturally since the leaves are feeding the bulb in the ground. Removal of foliage weakens the bulb and leads to fewer blooms the following year. Planting your bulbs amongst your perennials is one way to conceal the dying bulb foliage. The perennials begin to grow and fill out as the bulb foliage dies back. The perennials will then provide foliage and color in the garden from late spring through the summer and into fall. Regular fertilization with balanced organic or natural fertilizer and a re-application of mulch each fall will ensure more and more beautiful spring bulb blooms for many years!


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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