Tulipa saxatilis


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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour






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Plant details

This choice tulip is found growing wild in Crete and Western Turkey. In late spring, it produces star-shaped, fragrant flowers, either singly or in clusters of up to four blooms. The flowers range in colour from pink to lilac-purple and have yellow markings. Tulips are best planted in November as this minimises the risk of attack from the fungal disease, tulip fire, which causes the foliage to become distorted and covered with fuzzy, grey fungal growth and the flowers to either fail to open or to be marked with bleached spots. Any bulbs that become infected with this disease are best thrown away and the ground they were planted in should not be used to grow any tulips for several years. Remove the flowers as they fade to prevent plants wasting energy setting seed.

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Tulipa

Species: saxatilis

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 35cm

Time to plant: November to November

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