Weed or Wildflower?

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Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) is a spring flowering bulb that will easily naturalize. In Arkansas the blooms pop up in lawns along with wild violets, henbit and spring starflower. It’s said that a weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place. So what do you think about grape hyacinths? Weed or wildflower? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section below for a chance to win one of my Bulb Garden decks.

So tell me is this a weed or a wildflower?

Grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum) naturalize readily.

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244 Responses to Weed or Wildflower?

  1. Ruth Dreisewerd says:

    I love any kind of flowers they are all a gift from God.

  2. MargaretHhennes says:

    I LOVE muscari and have planted them as a groundcover underneath
    small trees in my garden. I love the impact of the vivid blue color in the Spring against the green grass. They are no weed to me but something to look forward to seeing en masse. I have naturalized drifts of crocus in the lawn but prefer a more controlled planting of muscari.

  3. MargaretHhennes says:

    I LOVE Muscari and have planted masses of it as groundcover around the base of small trees in my garden. It will never be a weed to me.
    Rather something special heralding the arrival of Spring.

  4. Vivian Cantello says:

    Grape Hyacinths are one of my favorite Spring flowers. In answer to your question, it is definitly a wildflower. While it does spread into larger groups and bunches, it doesn’t cast it’s seed to be sown in places far from the plant, as weeds usually do. I love to see them bloom in the Spring – the blue flowers and green foliage is so refreshing.

  5. Becky Grosser says:

    Call it like it is. Anything “God” plants is good. Anything that lovely can stay in my yeard. I am a “ruth Stout” gardner and need all the help I can get. :D

  6. Phyllis Payne says:

    Yes, I would say that the muscari is a wildflower. They are breath taking when you see numerous muscari blooming together. If the muscari is a weed it is still beautiful. Like the song I dream of beautiful flowers.
    Thank You
    Phyllis Payne
    bsimon@highland.net

  7. Ray Hopkins says:

    I say it is a wildflower. I planted some in a managed flower bed and they have spread quite well. However, I want my lawn to be a lawn, not a combination of flowers and grass.
    Thanks

  8. Julie says:

    I love them! As a kid I would use them as sprinkles to decorate mud pies along with rose petals, dandelions, and clematis. Now we have them in our own yard and it’s so fun to watch them sprout up. Sometimes I move them to new places and sometimes, after they have bloomed, I let my husband mow them off. I’m guessing by mowing them, they reseed? We have them coming up in a new spot about 50 feet from where they started. How would they have gotten this far?

  9. Julie says:

    I say wildflower but my husband might say weed!

  10. Rhonda says:

    I used to live in a country rent house, and the yard (which was quite large) was covered in these little jewels. I had never seen them before and quite enjoyed sharing my morning coffee time with them. They lend a promise of colorful spirit of life after a drab winter.

    What a nice memory!

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