Description: Feathery plumes of mineral-violet flowers resembling puffs of cotton candy
Habit: 10 inches tall; tends to lean over
Culture: Plant 3 to 4 inches deep in sun or partial shade and well-drained garden loam
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 8.
Attributes: Deer resistant
5 bulbs per bag.
Feathered Hyacinth, which is native to the Mediterranean region, has been in cultivation since 1612. Jefferson noted it blooming on April 25, 1767 at his boyhood home, Shadwell. Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon forwarded bulbs to Jefferson in 1812 for planting along the flower borders at Monticello. Today the Tassel Hyacinth (Muscari comosum), the species form, is naturalized throughout the gardens and south orchard at Monticello.