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TULIPA batalinii 'Bright Gem'
Batalin's Tulip, Bright Gem Tulip
One of a host of charming little tulips from the mountains of Central Asia, Tulipa batalinii bears starry, solitary flowers in early to mid-spring. Its cultivar 'Bright Gem' has sulphur-yellow, orange-blushed blooms.
Small conical bulbs give rise to clumps of gray-green, wavy-edged, strap-shaped leaves in late winter or early spring. Each bulb is covered by a leathery, brown, wool-lined "tunic". Flowers are borne singly on ankle- to calf-high, sparsely leaved stems. Urn-shaped in dull weather, the flowers open wide on sunny days, exposing orange-bronze centers. After flowering the foliage remains, eventually yellowing and withering by late spring.
Grow this tulip in full sun and coarse fertile near-neutral soil, planting the bulbs in fall at a depth of several times their diameter. It tolerates drought during its summer dormancy. Plants do poorly in areas with hot damp summers, and require winter chilling to flower. Do not cut off leaves as they provide the nourishment for the bulbs. This short, easy-to-perennialize tulip is perfect for rock gardens, perennial borders, and sunny banks. Plant it in groups for a splash of color.
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
4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm
3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm
Early Spring, Spring
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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