Muscari comosum (L.) Mill. Tufted Grape Hyacinth
Gard.Dict. edn 8 (1768)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Tuesday 28 June 1994

Bulbaceous, perennial, herb, to 0.5 m high. Fl. blue-purple/brown-cream-green, Oct to Dec. Loam.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.

IBRA Subregions: Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Boyup Brook, Nedlands.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

Alternative Names. Tassel Hyacinth.

General Biology. Growth form. Geophyte. Life form. Bulb. Reproduction. Offsets, seed. Dispersal. Water, soil, birds. Seedbank persistence. 1 to 2 years. Fire response. Generally survives with seedling recruitment occuring following fire.

Additional information. Origin. Africa, Asia, Europe. History of use/introduction. Garden escape.

Suggested method of management and control. Spray metsulfuron methyl 0.2 g/15 L + glyphosate 1%. Apply just before flowering. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Dormant Y Y Y                 Y  
Active Growth       Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y    
Flowering               Y Y Y      
Fruiting                 Y Y Y    
Optimum Treatment             Y Y Y        

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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Project information and acknowledgements