Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Muscari muscarimi Medik. var. dark blue

See Muscari muscarimi Medik., synonym Muscari moschatum Willd., for more information on the species.  The Musk hyacinth, Muscari muscarimi Medik., is a very distinctive plant, and I have found no reference to the dark blue colour form listed here, although the other colour forms are possible as the species is somewhat variable, and almost white flowers and forms with a distinct pale blue tinge to the flowers are known.  The three Muscari moschatum colour forms listed in the catalogues could also be Muscari botryoides as flowers in shades of blue, pink and white have been known since at least the early 19th century and probably much longer.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.330/1845].


Published Jan 07, 2010 - 03:12 PM | Last updated Jan 07, 2010 - 03:14 PM

Family Hyacinthaceae
Region of origin

Middle East

Common Name

Musk hyacinth

Name in the Camden Park Record

Muscari moschatum dark blue 

Confidence level low