Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Grape-hyacinth - Muscari botryoides   (L.) P. Miller
Members of Hyacinthaceae:
Members of Muscari with account distribution info or public map:
Google Images
Section 5 » Order Liliales » Family Hyacinthaceae
Show/Hide Synonym
Author(L.) P. Miller
DistributionPiedmont and low Mountains.

Native of Europe; in N.A. mostly eastern Canada and eastern U.S.
AbundanceUncommon in the Piedmont, rare in the Mountains.
HabitatRoadbanks, stream margins, fields, weed in cornfield, horse pasture, cemetery.
PhenologyFlowering March-April and fruiting May-June.
IdentificationGrape-hyacinths grow as tufts of narrow dark green leaves, with a flowering stalk 5-10 inches tall (it grows as flowers and fruits are produced). The flowers are bunched at first, dark blue and spherical-shaped. M. neglectum -- a much more common species in the state -- has leaves rounded in cross-section (vs. flat or channeled in this species), and its flowers are more tubular (longer than wide).
Taxonomic Comments
Other Common Name(s)
State RankSE
Global RankGNR
State Status
US Status
County Map - click on a county to view source of record.
Select a source
Select an occurrence type