A bulbous perennial herb of free-draining soils in grasslands and hedgerows and on sand dunes, roadsides, walls and waste ground. It is often discarded from gardens and sometimes deliberately planted in the wild. Populations can rapidly spread vegetatively and by seed in suitable habitats. Lowland.
This species has been cultivated in Britain since 1878 and was recorded in the wild by 1892. It has long been confused with M. neglectum and, to a lesser extent, M. botryoides, and it has been under-recorded in some areas because of this. M. armeniacum is by far the commonest Grape-hyacinth in gardens and therefore the most frequently discarded. It is possibly increasing due to repeated introduction.
Native of the Balkans, Turkey and the Caucasus.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.