Friday, June 25, 2010
Muscari is a genus of the family Liliaceae (Hyacinthaceae classified according to APG), including several bulbous species and many varieties with flowers arranged in spikes or racemes, between the blue and indigo. All have in common tunicate bulb and long, narrow leaves up to 30cm.
The name was given by C. Muscari Clusius, for the faint smell resembling that of certain varieties of moss.
Among the vulgar names with which they are known varieties found in Italy, are: wild onions (Muscari comosum) muschino, the cuckoo pan, pan.