Thursday, April 3, 2008

Grape Hyacinths in Union Square

Muscari armeniacum is tucked into the planting along the east-west path that is an extension of 15th street. However, they are very easy to miss. I love this bulb - it's fragrant and multiplies and looks great en masse, but this is not the best spot for it. In a raised park like Union Square, it'd be better used along the edges of the park, where it would be eye level with passersby.

PS- Even if you don't know Latin, it should be easy to break down the meaning of this plant's name. Muscari : Musc is Latin for "fly" but this plant was probably called such due to it's musky odor. Armeniacum refers to the plant's native habitat of Armenia.

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