Muscari neglectum Tenore
Common Name: GRAPE-HYACINTH
Synonym: Muscari atlanticum
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad P-Forb

M. atlanticum of Michigan Flora.

Fields, banks, and roadsides, escaped from cultivation. First collected in 1914 in Berrien Co., and spread now throughout much of that county, but only rarely collected elsewhere.

This species has very dark flowers and leaves that, at least in southern Michigan, start growth in the fall, overwinter, and continue growth in the spring; the tips therefore usually damaged by winter and rarely intact. It is little cultivated now.

Muscari armeniacum Baker, probably the most common garden species, is similar to M. neglectum in having elongate corollas, and 3-7 leaves tapering to a slender tip that is usually damaged because the leaves start growth in the fall and overwinter, resuming growth in the spring. The leaves are a little broader, mostly over 3 mm, and the flowers are a bright or pale blue. It doubtless will be collected as an escape at some point. 

 

Locations

Alpena County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Houghton County
Lake County
Leelanau County
Marquette County
Mecosta County
Muskegon County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. September 25, 2020. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1440.