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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.
Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb
Flower colour: Pink
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant: November to November
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