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Ancilla Tulip, Kaufmanniana Tulip
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One of the best tulips to multiply year after year in the garden (even in warmer summer climates), 'Ancilla' produces bicolor, starry or "waterlily-shaped" flowers rather early in the season. Its early flowering season and ability to perennialize are because of genes from parent species Tulipa kaufmanniana. Borne singly on calf-high stems, pale yellow "petals" (actually tepals) are stained outside with dark magenta-red wedges. Open flowers reveal a central yellow eye, and are often fragrant. The gray-green, lance-shaped, often wavy-edged leaves are usually held close to the base of the stem. Although longer lived than many other tulips, Ancilla tulips are nevertheless sometimes treated as annuals.
Tulip bulbs are a favorite food of small mammals including voles, and their succulent leaves and buds are favored by deer. Deep planting (at a depth of four to five times the bulbs' width) and underground barriers (such as buried hardware cloth) can discourage bulb predation. Interplanting with daffodils or other pest-resistant bulbs may deter both below-ground and above-ground pest damage.
Despite these problems, tulips are generally easy to grow. A tulip plant requires full sun, fertile but porous soil, and protection from excessive summer moisture and heat. 'Ancilla' manages to thrive in full sun to light shade and either gritty to average, well-drained soils. Leave the lower foliage of these tulips after they bloom, so they can collect and store energy for next spring’s display. Once the leaves start to yellow, cut plants to the ground. These tulips require winter chill - at least eight weeks - to bloom each early spring.
Tulips are unsurpassed for bringing spring color to containers or sunny gardens. Be sure to consider height and bloom time when designing with them as these vary greatly from cultivar to cultivar. It is also wise to plant extra for cutting as they make superb long-lasting cut flowers. 'Ancilla' is good for winter forcing in containers.
8 - 1
3 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
5"-10" / 12.7cm - 25.4cm
10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm
Red, Light Yellow, Magenta
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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