small perennial purple flowers - north texas


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moved into our house 5 years ago in a north Dallas suburb and this came with the landscaping. Looked around the major retailers and a few nurseries but unable to identify. Love that this is a perennial. Made an initial mistake of thowing out a couple of these thinking they were weeds. Prior owner had planted about 10 or so around the front. Wish I could get more. any help is greatly appreciated

 
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I like this plant! I saw it a few times in my area. I had no idea that it's a wild onion:) Thank you for the information, Funkelt!:) And of course thank you for starting this thread, DallasTX. Now, I'll be able to get more of plants like this, too.
 
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We know these as wild onions here, I grew up in Texas and saw those often. They are really pretty when they are blooming. My grandma had several of those growing wild in her backyard.
 
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thanks for the info Funkelt as I googled after your reply and found that this may be perhaps a variant of Grape Hyacinth? However the grape hyacinth grows in a vertical pyramid type structure for the purple flower but the ones in my yard are more bushy . Here is a pic of Grape Hyacinth. Is this the same plant?

 
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also, can't find a pic of a "purple wild onion" anywhere for comparison purposes. Can someone point me to the place? I'd like to find a place in the area to purchase a few. Thanks
 
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They are not onions or Alliums....not even related to onions!
They are Muscari sp ...common name Grape hyacinths.
They can be deep blue, pale blue even white.
They can spread to form large patches and can at times become an invasive pest.

Hope this helps.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=muscari&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=ZvphU5WyMoO6O_mNgZAF&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=967
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscari

Muscari latifilium has flowers that are dark blue at the bottom, pale blue on top.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=muscari+latifolium&client=firefox-a&hs=x77&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=np&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=lPxhU8zkOsSCPfTcgWg&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1536&bih=715
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