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. Joyce A Lynch says:

    I love grape hyacinth and consider it one of the first (welcome) signs of spring. There are spots in our local cemetery where it has been planted and spread over the years. It is so beautiful when it blooms! Of course, it blooms early enough that they are not yet mowing down the wildflowers that could otherwise take over the cemetery.
    I also appreciate the star flowers and wild violets that bloom in my yard each spring. I don’t mind that many consider them just “weeds.”

  2. Karen says:

    If you live in Europe, it could be considered a wildflower, but it’s definitely not native to North America. Therefore, I wouldn’t call it a wildflower, but it’s not a weed either because it’s intentionally planted. They naturalize well because they are somewhat invasive, so depending on where you live they certainly could be considered a threat to native ecosystems. As Margaret in TN noted, check your state’s invasive species list before planting.

  3. Sue says:

    I would consider it a wild flower. It does naturalize in my garden bit it has never popped up in my yard. My attitude could be different if it became like the wild violet.

  4. Lisa L. says:

    Well…I have never given thought to whether they are weed or wildflower. I dug up a small bucketfull last spring that were growing in the lawn and transplanted them in the tulip garden. When they pop up through the ground cover it is really a fresh, pretty sight. But if I had to ascertain, I would say wild flower because weeds to me are growths that inhibit the beauty and health of the garden. Grape Hyacinths do not harm the garden but only keep us gardeners on our toes with their prolificacy!

  5. Betty says:

    Wildflower…They grow and multiply coming back better each year. Here in the snowbelt of northeast Ohio they sometimes come up and bloom through the snow. My young grandson and I put the plastic Easter eggs in the lawn at Easter time and the Muscari look beautiful blooming with the colored eggs in the lawn.

  6. Judi Leland says:

    I planted mascari several years ago and they certainly have spread. They’ve even showed up on the opposite side of the driveway. I have decided several times to dig them up, but I really like them. If they start taking over the yard, I’ll reconsider.

  7. Jo says:

    They are a flower indeed! At least that’s what I thought when I was a little girl when these, along with Siberian squill were the only things coming up in front of our very modest three-flat home in the old neighborhood. I thought they were both charming and mysterious and still think so today. Go ahead and plant them and enjoy them.

  8. Grace Mitchum says:

    Wildflower. Regardless of where they bloom I will accept that bit of nature’s beauty. I like them in all my flowerbeds so where ever I look I can see color.

  9. Gwen Kiser says:

    I love this wildflower! When I think of Grape Hyacinth, I think of purple beauty in a wild painted landscape. I think of native wildflowers carefully manicured in a springtime garden, planted alongside a rustic fence. I think of the sweet aroma of Grape Hyacinth, Bluebells, and Wild blue phlox, the warm wet earth and all the wonders that greet us in spring.

  10. Janus Greene says:

    Grape Hyacinth is a beautiful wildflower, that goes well right a long side my Daffodils. I enjoy seeing all the beautiful colors in my garden, after a long winter….

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