Tulipa saxatilis

Tulipa saxatilis

Cretan rock tulip

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Tulipa saxatilis
  • Common name: Cretan rock tulip
  • Family: Liliaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Pink

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Tulipa saxatilis is an attractive species tulip with bicoloured flowers, native to the rocky islands of the Aegean Sea, including Crete and Kos.

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Given its short stature, Tulipa saxatilis is ideal for growing at the front of borders alongside other spring flowering perennials like daffodils, anemones and muscari. It’s a lovely choice for naturalising in grass and will gradually spread by underground runners. It also performs well in pots and containers.

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For best results, grow Tulipa saxatilis in full sun and well-drained soil. Deadhead spent flowers to prevent energy being used on seed production.

How to grow Tulipa saxatilis

  • Plant size

    25cm height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Chalky / alkaline / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Tulipa saxatilis and wildlife

Tulipa saxatilis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Tulipa saxatilis poisonous?

Tulipa saxatilis can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People