Muscari 'Blue Boy' and 'Valerie Finnis'
Thu, 05 Apr 2007 15:27:18 PDT
     I supplied Mt Tahoma Nursery with bulbs of ' Blue Boy' .  It was raised 
by the late Molly Grothaus of Lake Oswego,Oregon.  She raised it from a 
package of seed of Muscari aucheri. It is indeed very close to 'Valery Finnis' in 
color but the leaves are wider ( as in M aucheri ) and it often produces 
imperfect "spikes" ( racemes) made so by missing or distorted florets.  M ' Valery 
Finnis ' is I believe a seedling of M. armeniacum.  'Blue Boy ' only makes a few 
seed capsules here and some of the self-sown seedlings from them have been 
dark blue as with you.

    The third very similarly colored grape hyacinth is 'Jenny Robinson' (aka 
' Angel's Breath' ) but derived from M. neglectum and found in the wild. It is 
my favorite of the trio.

Jerry John Flintoff
Vashon Island,Washington,USA
Zone 8

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