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. LynnB says:

    Definitely a wonderful spring flower that I welcome wherever it wants to grow. I love that it multiplies so easily and sometimes surprises me where it decides to go to next. The best part is in the fall when I’m planting other bulbs, I know right where the muscari are so I don’t disturb them.

  2. Laurie Harrison says:

    While proudly handing me a bouquet of handpicked dandelions, my 4 year old granddaughter taught me that any vegetation that has a bloom is a flower. :-)

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  4. Jennifer Jones says:

    I think it was a pretty wild flower.

  5. Robin Kraatz says:

    It is definitely not a weed, I consider no flowering plant a weed, no matter where I find it. Ever since I have discovered this flower, my garden beds , in whatever apartment I have lived in, have not looked complete without a row of these soldiers standing at attention running along the front length of each and every flower bed I have. They just seem to add that little added something that completes the look of the bed to say welcome, come on in, friend. lets have tea and chat for a while, relax and leave your burdens at my doorway. I feel that a properly done flowerbed is it’s own welcome sign for your home.

  6. Barbara Caesar says:

    Four “weeds” that I transplanted into my flower garden were:
    —a white violet which I found in my lawn
    —swamp candles which I found growing by my little creek
    —wild asters which I found growing by some railroad tracks
    —wild trillium which I found growning in a field by a swamp
    all of which have added to the beauty and variety of my garden.
    I never think of them as “weeds”.

  7. Janice Steed says:

    My knee-jerk reaction to your suggestion that muscari might even be THOUGHT to be a weed was to be shocked! How can one even think of this beautiful little decoration as weed? I love it and all of those other easily-spread versions of God’s yard art!

  8. Louisa Woolery says:

    All plants are weeds, it’s just that some are prettier than others. However, I also know that hyacinths are part of the lily family and I’d say that grape hyacinths would fall into the wildflower category.

  9. Anna Marie Bode says:

    I love Grape Hyacinths they are Wild flowers I’ve read about, I love them as it lets us know Spring is in the air~~they come up every year around my trees, which I have planted and want to have every early Spring, they are beautiful,,

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