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Leopoldia comosa

Muscari à toupet
Tassel Hyacinth

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

purple

Flower size

5-9 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May,

June

Leaf type

Linear

Height

25-50 cm

Description

Previously under the name Muscari comosum. A bulb with one short stem surrounded by fleshy leaves or leaf bases; a cut across the bulb reveals the layers or rings. The leaves (3-6) arise from the base.

Dry grassy habitats, open scrub, roadsides, olive groves and vineyards.

Flowers

Flowers are stalked, purplish-brown, urn-shaped, with 6 pale-brownish teeth. The upper flowers on slender violet-blue stalks, in the form of a tassel, are sterile, attracting insects.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. Blade, narrower towards the tip.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: in 3 parts.

Edible

Bulbs: in parts of the Mediterranean the bulbs are collected and eaten.

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