Muscari comosum (L.) Mill.
* Gard. dict. ed. 8: Muscari no. 2. 1768
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Muscari comosum, or tassel hyacinth (syn. Tufted Grape Hyacinth, Hairy Muscari, Edible Muscari, or Cipollini) is a Grape Hyacinth, a herbaceous plant of the genus Muscari growing to 12 inches, with greenish spikes and purple tips. Cultivars include 'Plumosum' ('plumed', blue violet), and 'Monstrosum' (reddish purple). it originated in the Mediterranean basin, but spread northwards, appearing in the British Isles in the sixteenth century. It naturalises easily and may become invasive. It is served in Mediterranean countries as cipollini, and are raised as edible plants.
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