White Magic Grape Hyacinth Muscari aucheri 'White Magic'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
grape hyacinth 'White Magic'


Muscari aucheri 'White Magic', commonly known as White Magic grape hyacinth, is a perennial plant with a distinct appearance. This variety of grape hyacinth features tightly clustered blooms that resemble small, upside-down grapes or bells. The flowers are pure white, which gives this plant its magical, almost ethereal look, contrasting with the more common blue-purple shades found in other grape hyacinths. The foliage of White Magic is slender, resembling thin blades of grass in a deep green color, providing a fresh backdrop to the snowy blooms. When in flower, the racemes or spikes emerge, closely packed with the white flowers, gradually opening from the bottom upwards. The blooms typically exude a sweet fragrance that can be quite noticeable, especially when planted in groups. After the blooming period in spring, the plant's flowers will eventually fade, but the foliage remains for a while, continuing to gather energy for the next season before it dies back to the ground. Resilient and hardy, the White Magic grape hyacinth is a beautiful spring-flowering bulb that is often planted in clusters for a striking display and can naturalize, creating stunning drifts of white over time.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      White Magic Grape Hyacinth, White Magic Muscari

    • Common names

      Muscari aucheri 'White Magic'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as Grape Hyacinth is not considered highly toxic to humans. However, ingestion of this plant could potentially cause mild stomach upset due to the presence of alkaloids. Cases of poisoning in humans are rare, and serious consequences are not commonly reported. It is generally advisable to avoid ingestion of any plant parts to prevent any possible discomfort or reaction.

    • To pets

      In regards to pets, Grape Hyacinth may cause mild gastrointestinal upset if ingested, though it is not considered highly toxic. Symptoms of poisoning in pets may include vomiting and diarrhea. It is recommended to keep an eye on pets to prevent them from eating the plant, and to consult a veterinarian if any signs of distress are observed after ingestion.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      2-4 inches (5-10 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy to Grow: 'White Magic' is a low-maintenance plant that thrives with minimal care, making it a great choice for gardeners of all levels.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, it can tolerate periods of dryness, thus reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Spring Blooms: It produces attractive white flowers in the spring, adding color and beauty to the garden after the winter months.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract bees and other pollinators, contributing to the health of your garden’s ecosystem.
    • Perennial Growth: As a perennial, it returns year after year, providing long-term value and interest in the garden.
    • Naturalizing: 'White Magic' can spread and naturalize in the garden, filling in spaces and creating a full, lush look over the years.
    • Container Gardening: It’s suitable for containers, allowing those with limited space to enjoy its beauty on a balcony or patio.
    • Deer Resistant: The plant is not favored by deer, reducing the likelihood of damage from wildlife.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Prop: Muscari, with its delicate white blooms, can be used as a subject or backdrop in macro and nature photography, providing a serene and pure aesthetic.
    • Educational Tool: Botany teachers can use Muscari to show students the life cycle of a bulbous plant and demonstrate plant anatomy.
    • Fragrance Source: The subtle scent of Muscari blossoms can be captured and used in potpourri mixes or natural sachets for a gentle, floral aroma.
    • Art Inspiration: Artists may find inspiration in the unique shape and color of Muscari blooms, translating their form into various art mediums like painting or sculpture.
    • Mood Enhancement: The presence of Muscari in a room can help create a calm and soothing environment, potentially reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
    • Garden Border Accents: Muscari bulbs can be planted to form distinctive borders along garden paths or between different sections of a garden.
    • Fairy Gardens: Due to their small size, Muscari plants can be a whimsical addition to fairy gardens, providing a sense of enchantment and scale.
    • Wedding Decor: Muscari's graceful white blooms can be incorporated into wedding bouquets, centerpieces, or as part of table settings for a touch of natural elegance.
    • Seasonal Displays: With their spring bloom time, Muscari can be included in seasonal displays for Easter or other spring celebrations to symbolize new beginnings.
    • Culinary Decoration: Although not for consumption, the flowers of Muscari can be used to decorate cakes or dessert plates for a unique, floral presentation.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Muscari is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Muscari is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Perseverance: Muscari, commonly known as grape hyacinth, often symbolize steadfastness and resilience due to their ability to thrive in challenging environments and return with vibrance each spring.
    • Trust: The sturdy and reliable blooming of grape hyacinth can represent the idea of trustworthiness and dependability in relationships.
    • Power: The striking presence of the grape hyacinth bloom, even in miniature form, can denote a sense of power and the ability to stand out in a crowd.
    • New Beginnings: Blooming in the spring, the grape hyacinth is often associated with new beginnings and rebirth, as it is one of the first plants to emerge after the winter.

Every week to ten days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Early Spring
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Grape Hyacinth 'White Magic' should be watered moderately, as the plant prefers well-drained soil that is not overly wet. Water these bulbs when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which typically means once a week during their active growing season in the spring. Use approximately 16 ounces of water per square foot every watering session. It's less about a fixed amount of water over time and more about maintaining consistent soil moisture. During their dormant period in the summer, watering can be reduced significantly.

  • sunLight

    Grape Hyacinth 'White Magic' does best in full sun to partial shade conditions. The ideal spot for this plant is one that receives at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight daily, while still providing some relief from the intense midday sun. These conditions will allow the bulbs to bloom vigorously in the spring.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Grape Hyacinth 'White Magic' is hardy and can withstand winter temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit, but they prefer cooler climates for flowering. They thrive in a temperature range of 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It's ideal not to expose them to temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit for prolonged periods, as this may affect their dormancy and bloom cycle.

  • scissorsPruning

    Grape Hyacinth 'White Magic' requires minimal pruning. After blooming, allow the leaves to die back naturally without cutting, as they feed the bulbs for next year's growth. Remove spent flower stalks to maintain a tidy appearance and to prevent self-seeding if desired. Pruning is otherwise unnecessary except for removing dead or yellowed leaves.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Grape Hyacinth 'White Magic' prefers well-draining soil with plenty of organic matter; a mix with compost and loamy soil is ideal. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Grape Hyacinth 'White Magic' is typically repotted every 3 to 5 years or when it becomes pot-bound. Divide clumps when replanting to encourage more blooms.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Grape Hyacinth 'White Magic' prefers moderate humidity but is quite tolerant and can adapt to the average humidity levels found in most homes.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Grape Hyacinth 'White Magic' in bright, indirect light indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Grape Hyacinth 'White Magic' in partial sun and well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Muscari aucheri 'White Magic', commonly known as White Magic grape hyacinth, begins its life as a bulb planted in the soil in autumn. The bulb enters a period of dormancy during the cold winter months. In early spring, the bulb awakens and sends up shoots, leading to the development of narrow, green leaves and a stem which bears the characteristic white, urn-shaped flowers. After blooming, the plant goes through pollination, which is often facilitated by bees and other insects attracted to the blooms. Following the flowering stage, seeds develop as the flowers fade and the plant begins to go dormant again, with the foliage dying back. The bulb rests during the summer months until the cycle restarts with the cooler temperatures of the following autumn.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early Spring

    • The Grape Hyacinth, known as Muscari aucheri 'White Magic', can be effectively propagated by dividing its bulbs. The ideal time to undertake this process is in the summer, after the foliage has died back, signaling that the plant is dormant. To propagate, carefully dig up the bulbs, taking care not to damage them. Gently separate the offsets, which are the small bulbs attached to the base of the mother bulb. These offsets are the plant's natural way of reproducing. Once the offsets are separated, they should be replanted promptly, approximately 3 inches deep (which is about 7.6 centimeters) and spaced a few inches apart to allow for growth. This separation and replanting will encourage the production of more plants for the next growing season.